noun, often capitalized
yup·​pie | \ ˈyə-pē How to pronounce yuppie (audio) \

Definition of yuppie

: a young college-educated adult who is employed in a well-paying profession and who lives and works in or near a large city

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Other Words from yuppie

yuppiedom \ ˈyə-​pē-​dəm How to pronounce yuppie (audio) \ adjective
yuppieish \ ˈyə-​pē-​ish How to pronounce yuppie (audio) \ adjective

Examples of yuppie in a Sentence

Her friends are just a bunch of yuppies.
Recent Examples on the Web That’s a hyperpop bogeyman as potent as the yuppie was for hardcore punk, or as the senator’s son was for the Woodstock crowd. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Countercultural Sound of the 2020s," 14 Feb. 2021 But there’s the difference: Bale is intentionally going over the top as a soulless yuppie who doesn’t quite know how to act human. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "A dozen or so great moments in screen overacting," 28 Jan. 2021 This Christmas tale about a yuppie’s descent to skid row is pitch black. Jody Rosen, Los Angeles Times, "The 50 best Christmas songs of the last 50 years," 14 Dec. 2020 Reflecting the long-simmering tension between Yankee and yuppie present in Litchfield County, the dispute has some residents crying not-in-my-backyard. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "Morris votes to issue cease-and-desist order to halt popular outdoor concert series at South Farms in Litchfield County after this year," 8 Oct. 2020 Law's Rory looks like the poster boy for yuppie prosperity with his Mercedes sedan, espresso machine, and general master-of-the-universe air. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Jude Law and Carrie Coon build a seductive mystery in stylish enigma The Nest: Review," 18 Sep. 2020 Your yuppie sister doesn’t know Lou Reed from a broken dishwasher. Hannah Seidlitz, Longreads, "A Long, Lonely Time," 10 Aug. 2020 Rogen also plays Ben Greenbaum, Herschel’s gentle yuppie great-grandson, who is surprised and pleased when Herschel is discovered alive in the vat a hundred years after falling in, perfectly preserved by the brine. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "An American Pickle Might Have Been Fresher in the 2010s," 3 Aug. 2020 First artists, then yuppies and tech workers arrived, leaving a tide of displacement in their wake. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: A portrait of coronavirus inequality in the Mission District," 6 May 2020

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First Known Use of yuppie

1980, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yuppie

probably from young urban professional + -ie

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“Yuppie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yuppie. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of yuppie

often disapproving : a young college-educated adult who has a job that pays a lot of money and who lives and works in or near a large city

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