yuppify

verb

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

transitive verb

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

Word History

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of yuppify was in 1984

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“Yuppify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yuppify. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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