Fanciful extension of up.
- Presumptuous, above oneself, self-important; arrogant, snobbish, haughty.
- Exceeding one's station or position, assuming prerogatives to which one is not entitled.
1993, David Weber, On Basilisk Station (Sci-Fi), Paperback edition, →ISBN, 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 […]
- This term has been used in a racist context to describe African-Americans who were considered to be acting above their "rightful place".
- First used in "Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings; the Folk-lore of the Old Plantation" by Joel Chandler Harris, published in 1881, to describe the bird, Jack Sparrer (Jack Sparrow) who tattled on Br'er Rabbit.
Presumptuous, above oneself