yuppie

noun, often capitalized yup·pie \ ˈyə-pē \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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

yuppiedom

play \ˈyə-pē-dəm\ adjective

yuppieish

play \ˈyə-pē-ish\ adjective

Examples of yuppie in a Sentence

  1. Her friends are just a bunch of yuppies.

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Origin and Etymology of yuppie

probably from young urban professional + -ie


Financial Definition of YUPPIE

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.


YUPPIE Defined for English Language Learners

yuppie

noun

Definition of yuppie for English Language Learners

  • : 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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