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 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 But Esquire has already survived the Great Depression, World War II, disco, yuppies and the dot-com bust. Alex Williams, New York Times, "As Men Are Canceled, So Too Their Magazine Subscriptions," 2 Nov. 2019 An eager yuppie and his wife adopt a little boy, Junior, who’s totally out of control. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Rural Texas cannibals waylay yuppie motorists driving from Los Angeles to Florida. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 And in recent years downtown and central Phoenix has become just as full of bars restaurants and culture but less of a party zone and more of a yuppie zone. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Dumping the Bay Area for Phoenix? A few things to know before you go," 18 June 2019 Not far away was a Zen bakery, a corner store run by brothers from Palestine, and a gym frequented by the types then known as yuppies. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and the Fear of Being Erased," 7 June 2019 In the spring of the following year, Volvo rolled out its V90, a slick descendant of the boxy, yuppie tanks that made the brand famous in the 1980s. Kyle Stock, The Seattle Times, "Richer Americans are skipping SUVs for station wagons," 7 Jan. 2019 Meanwhile, Cuarón and his older brother Carlos — with whom he co-wrote the screenplay — take advantage of their scoundrel antihero’s job and proclivities to riff on TV commercials, and to document yuppie life in early 1990s Mexico. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The first film by Roma director Alfonso Cuarón is streaming on Netflix," 23 Nov. 2018

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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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25 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Yuppie.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yuppies. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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How to pronounce yuppie (audio)

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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