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uptight

[uhp-tahyt] /ˈʌpˈtaɪt/
adjective, Slang.
1.
tense, nervous, or jittery.
2.
annoyed or angry.
3.
stiffly conventional in manner or attitudes.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65, Americanism; up (perhaps as intensifier) + tight
Related forms
uptightness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for up tight

uptight

/ʌpˈtaɪt/
adjective (informal)
1.
displaying tense repressed nervousness, irritability, or anger
2.
unable to give expression to one's feelings, personality, etc
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Word Origin and History for up tight

uptight

adj.

"tense," slang, 1934, from up + tight. Meaning "straight-laced" first recorded 1969. It was used in a sense of "excellent" in jazz slang c.1962.

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Slang definitions & phrases for up tight

uptight

adjective
  1. Tense; anxious: He was all uptight about student plagiarism (1934+)
  2. Excellent; cool, great (1962+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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