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

Examples of yuppie in a Sentence

Her friends are just a bunch of yuppies.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Hence recipes with yuppie mid-aughts titles like Faux Pastor and Tuscan Steak for Toddlers. Sunset Magazine, "How to Cook for a Family During Quarantine: A Kitchen Survival Guide with Recipes," 2 Apr. 2020 The 3,000-year-old Indian tradition of Ayurvedic balance between mind, body and spirit is popular among Delhi’s yuppies. The Economist, "The business of the body," 11 July 2019 These bargain-rate services make yuppie life convenient. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "The Real Trouble With Silicon Valley," 17 Dec. 2019 If Dorothy and Sean are 21st-century avatars of yuppie privilege, Leanne feels ripped from a Gothic novel, from her porcelain features to her Victorian wardrobe. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "What Makes Apple TV+’s Servant So Callous," 28 Nov. 2019 The communal spirit in the Dome was such that in the press box, jaded yuppies danced uninhibitedly with ushers and janitors. J.r. Gonzales, Houston Chronicle, "The Rolling Stones return and anger over HPD shootings highlight Houston in November 1989," 27 Nov. 2019 Created by Tony Basgallop, the series is so broadly drawn that its satirical aspects, in terms of privileged yuppies and parenting, get diluted. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Servant' is eerie but can't overcome its worm-ridden twist," 28 Nov. 2019 On the verge of turning 40, an unhappy Manhattan yuppie is roped into joining his two friends on a cattle drive in the southwest. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Nov. 15-21," 14 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of yuppie was in 1980

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12 May 2020

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“Yuppie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yuppie. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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Financial Definition of yuppie

What It Is

Yuppie is short for young urban professional.

How It Works

Yuppies are usually in their twenties or thirties, just out of college or graduate school, and have high-paying jobs in the city. They tend to lead affluent lifetstyles.

In modern usage, the term may refer to any person who is obviously affluent or even arrogant.

Why It Matters

The term was very popular in the 1980s. Though the term used to be aspirational, it has since evolved to be more derogatory.

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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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