yup·​pi·​fy | \ ˈyə-pə-ˌfī How to pronounce yuppify (audio) \
yuppified; yuppifying

Definition of yuppify

transitive verb

: to make appealing to yuppies also : to infuse with the qualities or values of yuppies

Other Words from yuppify

yuppification \ ˌyə-​pə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce yuppify (audio) \ noun

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Yuppie and yuppify are products of the 1980s, but they owe a debt to predecessors from decades prior. Hippie (referring to a long-haired, unconventionally dressed young person who rejects societal mores; from hip, meaning "cool") first appeared in print in the 1950s. Yippie (naming a politically active hippie; from Youth International Party) followed hippie a decade later. Gentrification and gentrify (both of which have to do with the effects of influxes of relatively affluent people into deteriorating neighborhoods; from gentry) then evolved. Yuppie (pointing out a young well-paid professional who lives and works in or near an urban area; probably from young urban professional, influenced by hippie and yippie) hit the press in the early 1980s, bringing along yuppify and yuppification (patterned after gentrify and gentrification).

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1984, in the meaning defined above

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“Yuppify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yuppify. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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