yuppify

verb
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).

First Known Use of yuppify

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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