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[uhp-i-tee] /ˈʌp ɪ ti/
adjective, Informal.
affecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; haughty; snobbish.
rebelliously self-assertive; not inclined to be tractable or deferential.
Origin of uppity
1875-80, Americanism; probably up + -ity, extended form of -y1; cf. pernickety
Related forms
uppityness, noun Unabridged
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adjective (informal)
not yielding easily to persuasion or control
another word for uppish
Word Origin
from up + fanciful ending, perhaps influenced by -ity
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Word Origin and History for uppity

1880, from up + -ity; originally used by blacks of other blacks felt to be too self-assertive (first recorded use is in "Uncle Remus"). The parallel British variant uppish (1670s) originally meant "lavish;" the sense of "conceited, arrogant" being first recorded 1734.

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Slang definitions & phrases for uppity

upper crust, the

adjective phrase

(also upper-drawer): His manners were silkily upper-crust/ the upper-drawer voters

noun phrase

The social aristocracy; the elite (1835+)

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on one's uppers, shatting on one's uppers

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