uptight

[uhp-tahyt]
adjective Slang.
1.
tense, nervous, or jittery.
2.
annoyed or angry.
3.
stiffly conventional in manner or attitudes.

Origin:
1960–65, Americanism; up (perhaps as intensifier) + tight

uptightness, noun
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uptight (ʌpˈtaɪt)
 
adj
1.  displaying tense repressed nervousness, irritability, or anger
2.  unable to give expression to one's feelings, personality, etc

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uptight
Slang sense of "tense" is from 1934; that of "straight-laced" first recorded 1969. It was used in a sense of "excellent" in jazz slang c.1962.
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uptight definition


  1. mod.
    anxious. : Dave always seems uptight about something.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
If you're frantic and uptight, they can make things easier.
Everyone gets so uptight, but you might as well enjoy it when you're there.
It is often perceived as uptight and reactionary, mainly because its function
  is to uphold existing law.
The other reps are so uptight and tense they don't even talk to one another.
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