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upbeat

[uhp-beet] /ˈʌpˌbit/
noun, Music.
1.
an unaccented beat, especially immediately preceding a downbeat.
2.
the upward stroke with which a conductor indicates such a beat.
adjective
3.
optimistic; happy; cheerful:
television dramas with predictably upbeat endings.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; 1950-55 for def 3; up- + beat
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British Dictionary definitions for up beat

upbeat

/ˈʌpˌbiːt/
noun
1.
(music)
  1. a usually unaccented beat, esp the last in a bar
  2. the upward gesture of a conductor's baton indicating this Compare downbeat
2.
an upward trend (in prosperity, etc)
adjective
3.
(informal) marked by cheerfulness or optimism
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Word Origin and History for up beat

upbeat

adj.

"with a positive mood," 1947, apparently from the musical noun upbeat (1869), referring to the beat of a bar at which the conductor's baton is in a raised position; the "optimistic" sense apparently for no other reason than that it sounds like a happy word (the musical upbeat is no more inherently "positive" than any other beat). Expression on the upbeat "improving, getting better" is recorded from 1934.

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Slang definitions & phrases for up beat

upbeat

adjective

Optimistic; encouraging; positive: They use catchy, upbeat phrases/ A triumph of upbeat pictures over the downbeat

[1947+; apparently fr the musical term upbeat, ''a beat on which a conductor raises his baton,'' but since such beats have no emotional connotations, the coiner must have seized on the general positive notion of up and taken beat to mean ''stroke, movement'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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