uptightness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

uptight +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

uptightness (countable and uncountable, plural uptightnesses)

  1. The state or quality of being uptight
    • 2007 December 9, Lee Siegel, “The Fixer-Upper”, in New York Times[1]:
      Davis is out to remove the slur of moral uptightness and narrow virtue from Malamuds reputation.