From Middle English upset (“the act of setting up; establishment”), from Middle English upsetten, corresponding to up- + set. Cognate with Middle Low German upset (“setup; arrangement”).
- Adjective, verb
upset (comparative more upset, superlative most upset)
- (of a person) Angry, distressed, or unhappy.
- He was upset when she refused his friendship.
- My children often get upset with their classmates.
- (of a stomach or gastrointestinal tract, referred to as stomach) Feeling unwell, nauseated, or ready to vomit.
- His stomach was upset, so he didn't want to move.
angry, distressed, unhappy
- Afrikaans: ontsteld, omgekrap
- Armenian: please add this translation if you can
- Belarusian: разладжаны m (razladžany)
- Bulgarian: разтревожен (bg) (raztrevožen)
- Catalan: molest (ca), trasbalsat (ca), disgustat
- Mandarin: 懊惱 (zh), 懊恼 (zh) (àonǎo)
- Czech: rozrušený
- Danish: oprørt
- Dutch: ontdaan (nl), geschokt (nl), van streek, overstuur (nl)
- Esperanto: please add this translation if you can
- Finnish: poissa tolaltaan, pahoillaan (fi), järkyttynyt (fi), tuohtunut
- French: fâché (fr) (angry), bouleversé (fr) (distressed), contrarié (fr) (unhappy)
- Georgian: განაწყენებული (ganac̣q̇enebuli), გაბრაზებული (gabrazebuli)
- German: aufgebracht (de), aufgewühlt (de)
- Greek: θυμωμένος (el) (thymoménos)
- Hindi: परेशान (hi) (pareśān)
- Irish: múisiamach
- Italian: sconvolto (it)
- Japanese: くよくよ (ja) (kuyokuyo)
- Khmer: រកាំចិត្ត (rɔkam cət), មួហ្មង (km) (muə maaŋ), ក្រំចិត្ត (krɑm cət)
- Korean: please add this translation if you can
- Latin: sollicitus
- Louisiana Creole French: fashé
- Maori: auhi, pāmamae, reoreoā, hūhē, pāiriiri, pāpōuri, pōkeka, reoreoā (after an argument), ngaukino
- Mongolian: please add this translation if you can
- Bokmål: please add this translation if you can
- Nynorsk: please add this translation if you can
- Persian: please add this translation if you can
- Plautdietsch: fuchtich
- Polish: zaniepokojony (pl) m, zmartwiony (pl) m, przygnębiony (pl) m
- Portuguese: triste (pt), chateado (pt)
- Romanian: supărat (ro), necăjit (ro)
- Russian: расстро́енный (ru) m (rasstrójennyj), огорчённый (ru) m (ogorčónnyj)
- Scottish Gaelic: tro-chèile
- Cyrillic: у̀зруја̄н
- Roman: ùzrujān (sh) m
- Spanish: trastornado (es), perturbado (es), enfadado (es), molesto (es), contrariado (es), enojado (es)
- Swedish: upprörd (sv)
- Thai: please add this translation if you can
- Ukrainian: розстроєний m (rozstrojenyj)
- Urdu: پریشان (pareśān)
- Vietnamese: tức (vi)
- Walloon: måva (wa) m, måle (wa) f, mwais (wa) m, mwaijhe (wa) f
upset (countable and uncountable, plural upsets)
- (uncountable) Disturbance or disruption.
- My late arrival caused the professor considerable upset.
- (countable, sports, politics) An unexpected victory of a competitor or candidate that was not favored to win.
2011 January 8, Paul Fletcher, “Stevenage 3 - 1 Newcastle”, in BBC:
But it is probably the biggest upset for the away side since Ronnie Radford smashed a famous goal as Hereford defeated Newcastle 2-1 in 1972.
2016 March 9, Harry Enten, “What The Stunning Bernie Sanders Win In Michigan Means”, in FiveThirtyEight:
Sanders’s win in Michigan was one of the greatest upsets in modern political history.
- (automobile insurance) An overturn.
- "collision and upset": impact with another object or an overturn for whatever reason.
- An upset stomach.
- 1958 May 12, advertisement, Life, volume 44, number 19, page 110 :
- "Bob, let's cancel the babysitter. With this upset stomach, I can't go out tonight.
- "Try Pepto-Bismol. Hospital tests prove it relieves upsets. And it's great for indigestion or nausea, too!"
- (mathematics) An upper set; a subset (X,≤) of a partially ordered set with the property that, if x is in U and x≤y, then y is in U.
- (aviation) The dangerous situation where the flight attitude or airspeed of an aircraft is outside the designed bounds of operation, possibly resulting in loss of control.
sports: unexpected victory of a competitor
automobile insurance term
upset (third-person singular simple present upsets, present participle upsetting, simple past and past participle upset)
- (transitive) To make (a person) angry, distressed, or unhappy.
- I’m sure the bad news will upset him, but he needs to know.
- (transitive) To disturb, disrupt or adversely alter (something).
- Introducing a foreign species can upset the ecological balance.
- The fatty meat upset his stomach.
- (transitive) To tip or overturn (something).
- 1924, W. D. Ross translator, Aristitle, Metaphysics, Book 1, Part 9, The Classical Library, Nashotah, Wisconsin, 2001.
- But this argument, which first Anaxagoras and later Eudoxus and certain others used, is very easily upset; for it is not difficult to collect many insuperable objections to such a view.
- (transitive) To defeat unexpectedly.
- Truman upset Dewey in the 1948 US presidential election.
- (intransitive) To be upset or knocked over.
- The carriage upset when the horse bolted.
- (obsolete) To set up; to put upright.
- R. of Brunne
- with sail on mast upset
- To thicken and shorten, as a heated piece of iron, by hammering on the end.
- To shorten (a tire) in the process of resetting, originally by cutting it and hammering on the ends.
- (make someone angry, distressed or unhappy): See anger, distress, forset, and sadden
- (disturb, disrupt, adversely alter): disrupt, disturb, forset, turn upside down
- (tip, overturn): invert, overturn, forset, tip, tip over, tip up, turn over, turn upside down
make (a person) angry, distressed or unhappy
- Louisiana Creole French: troublé
- Maori: whakariri, whakatakariri, whakapouri
- Old English: drēfan
- Polish: niepokoić (pl)
- Portuguese: perturbar (pt)
- Romanian: tulbura (ro), supăra (ro), necăji (ro)
- Russian: (make distressed or unhappy) огорча́ть (ru) impf (ogorčátʹ), огорчи́ть (ru) pf (ogorčítʹ), (make angry) серди́ть (ru) impf (serdítʹ), рассерди́ть (ru) pf (rasserdítʹ)
- Scottish Gaelic: buair
- Spanish: desazonar (es)
- Ukrainian: (make distressed or unhappy) засму́чувати impf (zasmúčuvaty), засмути́ти pf (zasmutýty), (make angry) се́рдити impf (sérdyty), розсе́рдити pf (rozsérdyty)
- Walloon: måvler (wa)
disturb, disrupt, unfavorably alter
- Bulgarian: преобръщам (bg) (preobrǎštam), прекатурвам (prekaturvam)
- Catalan: bolcar (ca)
- Dutch: omstoten (nl), doen kapzeizen
- Finnish: kaataa (fi)
- French: renverser (fr)
- German: umwerfen (de), umkippen (de), umschlagen (de), kentern (de), umdrehen (de), umkehren (de) (transitiv), auf den Kopf stellen (figurative, idiomatic)
- Italian: capovolgere (it), ribaltare (it), rovesciare (it)