AskDefine | Define uppity

Dictionary Definition

uppity adj : presumptuously arrogant; "had a witty but overweening manner"; "no idea how overweening he would be"- S.V.Benet; "getting a little uppity and needed to be slapped down"- NY Times [syn: overweening]

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English

Etymology

Fanciful extension of up. First used in the slave states of USA in mid 1800s.

Pronunciation

/ˈʌpəti/

Adjective

  1. Presumptuous, above oneself, self-important.
    I think you are one very uppity young man.

Translations

  • Norwegian: oppesen

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