upset

verb
up·​set | \ (ˌ)əp-ˈset How to pronounce upset (audio) \
upset; upsetting

Definition of upset

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to thicken and shorten (something, such as a heated bar of iron) by hammering on the end : swage
2 : to force out of the usual upright, level, or proper position : overturn
3a : to trouble mentally or emotionally : disturb the poise of the news upset me
b : to throw into disorder
d : to defeat unexpectedly was upset in the primary
4 : to cause a physical disorder in specifically : to make somewhat ill spicy food upsets my stomach

intransitive verb

: to become overturned
upset the apple cart
: to disturb or overturn a natural or stable order

upset

noun
up·​set | \ ˈəp-ˌset How to pronounce upset (audio) \

Definition of upset (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an act of overturning : overturn
2a(1) : an act of throwing into disorder : derangement
(2) : a state of disorder : confusion
b : an unexpected defeat
3a : a minor physical disorder a stomach upset
b : an emotional disturbance went through a big upset after his father's death
4a : a part of a rod (such as the head on a bolt) that is upset
b : the expansion of a bullet on striking

upset

adjective
up·​set | \ (ˌ)əp-ˈset How to pronounce upset (audio) \

Definition of upset (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : emotionally disturbed or agitated was too upset to speak to him
2 : affected with minor physical disturbance or disorder an upset stomach

Other Words from upset

Verb

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Verb

discompose, disquiet, disturb, perturb, agitate, upset, fluster mean to destroy capacity for collected thought or decisive action. discompose implies some degree of loss of self-control or self-confidence especially through emotional stress. discomposed by the loss of his beloved wife disquiet suggests loss of sense of security or peace of mind. the disquieting news of factories closing disturb implies interference with one's mental processes caused by worry, perplexity, or interruption. the discrepancy in accounts disturbed me perturb implies deep disturbance of mind and emotions. perturbed by her husband's strange behavior agitate suggests obvious external signs of nervous or emotional excitement. in his agitated state we could see he was unable to work upset implies the disturbance of normal or habitual functioning by disappointment, distress, or grief. the family's constant bickering upsets the youngest child fluster suggests bewildered agitation. his declaration of love completely flustered her

Examples of upset in a Sentence

Verb That remark you made really upset me. Don't upset yourself over it. It upsets him that he can do nothing to help. A lot of people were upset by the court's decision. It upsets me to think I might never see him again. Spicy food upsets my stomach. Noun In a major upset, he took the gold medal. Her victory in the election was a big upset. Spicy foods can cause stomach upset. An emotional upset can affect your physical health. a period of emotional upset Adjective I was feeling upset by the whole experience. There's no point in getting all upset about it. I try not to let her make me upset. She was too upset to speak to him. I'm upset that you didn't call. I was so upset with him, I didn't call him for two weeks. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Authorities believe Kidd may have been upset that the victim worked alongside Kidd’s ex-wife, who is also an employee at the warehouse. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 12 May 2022 The director is also upset that six of the nine-member court are men. Brent Lang, Variety, 3 May 2022 Heard was reportedly upset over a slew of negative headlines and axed Precision Strategies on Thursday in favor of Shane Communications, according to the New York Post. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 2 May 2022 Origins are broad military categories that might ruffle the feather of real military folks who might be upset that a Marine has to technically take a Navy origin, but these stories were never about military realism in the first place. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Classrooms and schedules would have been upset midway through the school year. Melissa Gomezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Retirees are upset their annual cost of living adjustments were eliminated in 2017 and many of them want the board replaced. Anna Staver, The Enquirer, 15 Apr. 2022 In a memo to Disney employees on March 7, Chapek acknowledged that many workers were upset the company had not publicly condemned the legislation. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 The top seed was upset Tuesday night by ninth-seeded Rider, 71-70, losing in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Josh Thomson, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Barring a significant upset, John Fetterman will become the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat on Tuesday. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 17 May 2022 Castaño got agonizingly close to an impressive upset in his first meeting with Charlo last July with a similarly aggressive strategy. Greg Beacham, ajc, 15 May 2022 Here's her post: Other people have been responding to her initial post and sharing their own frustration and upset. Fox News, 14 May 2022 Viewers across the world watched the second-biggest upset in Kentucky Derby history, as Rich Strike surged from the pack late to win the 148th running of the storied race. Ana Faguy, USA TODAY, 13 May 2022 Rich Strike scored the second-biggest upset in Kentucky Derby history Saturday. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 12 May 2022 Indianapolis also beat Kansas City in their last meeting, handing star quarterback Patrick Mahomes a surprising 19-13 upset early in the 2019 season. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 12 May 2022 Rich Strike triggered the second-biggest upset in the race’s 148-year history, paying $163.60 to win. The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 May 2022 Rich Strike had the second-biggest upset in the race's 148-year history. Beth Harris, Chron, 7 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Umai customer was upset because the cashier mistakenly charged her for chili cheese fries instead of regular cheese fries, according to owner Dat Thieu. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 May 2022 Officers responded to the Take 5 oil change business May 12 for a report of a disturbance and learned a customer was upset because the staff would not accept a coupon that expired two years ago. cleveland, 23 May 2022 His comments came following criticism from the head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and several Congress Members who were upset after Brooks defended Alabama’s controversial immigration law to deport large numbers of undocumented immigrants. al, 22 May 2022 One student, who did not want to be named due to possible repercussions, told NBC News that students were upset because their dorms had been locked down while staff and their family members were allowed to leave the compound freely. Bianca Britton, NBC News, 19 May 2022 All that being said, Dixon is very clear on why people are upset and is sorry about it. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 18 May 2022 The suspect was under the impression that Garcia was upset. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 9 May 2022 While there were many fans excited about her career news, lots of them were also upset. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 20 Apr. 2022 Don’t be upset if your attorney tries to explain better options. Martin Shenkman, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of upset

Verb

1677, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

24 May 2022

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“Upset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upset. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for upset

upset

verb
up·​set | \ ˌəp-ˈset How to pronounce upset (audio) \
upset; upsetting

Kids Definition of upset

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to worry or make unhappy The bad news upset us all.
2 : to make somewhat ill Pizza upsets my stomach.
3 : to force or be forced out of the usual position : overturn Sit down before you upset the canoe.
4 : to cause confusion in Rain upset our plans.
5 : to defeat unexpectedly

upset

noun
up·​set | \ ˈəp-ˌset How to pronounce upset (audio) \

Kids Definition of upset (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an unexpected defeat
2 : a feeling of illness in the stomach
3 : a period of worry or unhappiness an emotional upset

upset

adjective
up·​set | \ ˌəp-ˈset How to pronounce upset (audio) \

Kids Definition of upset (Entry 3 of 3)

: emotionally disturbed or unhappy

upset

transitive verb
up·​set | \ (ˌ)əp-ˈset How to pronounce upset (audio) \
upset; upsetting

Medical Definition of upset

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to trouble mentally or emotionally the news upset me
2 : to cause a physical disorder in specifically : to make somewhat ill greasy food upsets my stomach

upset

noun
up·​set | \ ˈəp-ˌset How to pronounce upset (audio) \

Medical Definition of upset (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a minor physical disorder a stomach upset
2 : an emotional disturbance

upset

adjective
up·​set | \ (ˌ)əp-ˈset How to pronounce upset (audio) \

Medical Definition of upset (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : affected with a minor physical disturbance an upset stomach
2 : emotionally disturbed or agitated was too upset to speak

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