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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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Examples from the web for uptight
  • 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.
  • Don't be so uptight you miss the fun while you're working and learning.
  • She was a lot more uptight doing it at that time because she wasn't sure what was going to happen.
  • Are you seriously gonna get so uptight bc the post didnt give you an exact play by play of the incidents.
  • His uptight, upright background has not prepared him for their easy-going deviousness.
  • Probation officers are kind of uptight, they're mission is to make you fail.
British Dictionary definitions for uptight

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 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 uptight

up the wall

adjective phrase

Crazy; wild; nutty: It doesn't drive us crazy. At least, I don't know anybody who is up the wall about it

Related Terms

drive someone up the wall

[1951+; fr the image of insane persons, frantic and deprived drug addicts, wild animals, etc, trying to climb a wall to escape]


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