yup·​pie ˈyə-pē How to pronounce yuppie (audio)
often capitalized
: a young college-educated adult who is employed in a well-paying profession and who lives and works in or near a large city
yuppiedom adjective
yuppieish adjective

Example Sentences

Her friends are just a bunch of yuppies.
Recent Examples on the Web One role in particular that DiCaprio reportedly declined was the axe-wielding, yuppie serial killer Patrick Bateman in the 2000 horror film American Psycho. Emlyn Travis, EW.com, 5 Oct. 2022 Not surprisingly, it’s just been developed by the company’s most energetic idea man and most vicious yuppie (Miguel Ferrer). Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 July 2022 And for those seeking the stable, yuppie suit-and-tie lifestyle, law school might be a better bet than the talent agencies and entertainment companies at this point. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2022 Melanie Griffith plays a free-spirited woman who kidnaps a yuppie for a weekend of adventure, but things take a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 26 May 2022 Miles, the eldest, is a top lawyer and yuppie who becomes a drug addict and pauper, then turns his life around and becomes a state senator. Mark Greif, The Atlantic, 15 Mar. 2022 Her fantasies are those of the proto-yuppie who is not quite there yet but definitely on her way. Rina Nkulu, Vulture, 30 Oct. 2021 Having catered to the hustle-like, yuppie millennials who would forgo their lunch breaks to eat a $15 salad at their desk, Sweetgreen had been hit hard by the pandemic. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 29 Oct. 2021 These tensions reconcile in all sorts of biker cultures — the urban dirt biker, the cafe-racing yuppie — but Sturgis is unique in selling the fantasy of a subculture based on the dominant one. New York Times, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History


probably from young urban professional + -ie

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yuppie was in 1980

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“Yuppie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yuppie. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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