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[uhp-steyt] /ˈʌpˈsteɪt/
the part of a state that is farther north or farther from the chief city, especially the northerly part of New York State.
of or coming from such an area.
located in or characteristic of this part.
in, to, or into the upstate area.
Origin of upstate
1900-05, Americanism; up- + state
Related forms
upstater, noun Unabridged
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  • Vaguely they'd had the impression that the mother had come from somewhere upstate; where, they did not know.

    Rich Man, Poor Man Maximilian Foster
  • And, by the way, come to think of it, is there really any upstate Democrats left?

    Plunkitt of Tammany Hall George Washington Plunkitt
  • When a campaign is on, did you ever hear of an upstate Democrat makin' a contribution?

    Plunkitt of Tammany Hall George Washington Plunkitt
  • There was snow and that part of Germany had weather about the same as upstate New York.

  • I know that some upstate members of the State committee call themselves Democrats.

    Plunkitt of Tammany Hall George Washington Plunkitt
British Dictionary definitions for upstate


adjective, adverb
towards, in, from, or relating to the outlying or northern sections of a state, esp of New York State
the outlying, esp northern, sections of a state
Derived Forms
upstater, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for upstate



Haughty; aloof; snobbish: ''Upstage'' has taken on the additional meaning of ''ritzy,'' that is, arrogantly proud and vain (1918+)


  1. To attract attention to oneself and away from other performers, esp by standing upstage so that they must look at you and turn their backs to the audience (1933+ Theater)
  2. To demand and receive inordinate attention at the cost of others: The secretary was trying to upstage the president on this, so he had to act at once (1921+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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