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Fanciful extension of up.



uppity (comparative uppitier, superlative uppitiest)

  1. Presumptuous, above oneself, self-important; arrogant, snobbish, haughty.
  2. 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 []

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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.