uppity

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Fanciful extension of up.

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Adjective[edit]

uppity (comparative uppitier, superlative uppitiest)

  1. Presumptuous, above oneself, self-important; arrogant, snobbish, haughty.
    • I think you are one very uppity young man.
    • 1993, David Weber, On Basilisk Station, edition Paperback, Sci-Fi, ISBN 0671721631, page 141:
      The Association was openly committed to "restoring the historical balance of power intended by our Founders" between the nobility and the uppity commoners …

Usage notes[edit]

  • Be careful about using this in interracial situations: White US Americans used this to describe black people whom they considered not submissive and subservient enough.

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