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uptown

[adv., n. uhp-toun; adj. uhp-toun] /adv., n. ˈʌpˈtaʊn; adj. ˈʌpˌtaʊn/
adverb
1.
to, toward, or in the upper part of a town or city:
He rode uptown on the bus.
adjective
2.
moving toward, situated in, or pertaining to the upper part of a town:
Take the uptown bus.
3.
of, for, or characteristic of affluent people; elegant, stylish, or luxurious:
uptown fashions; uptown tastes.
noun
4.
the uptown section of a town or city:
Uptown is less crowded.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; up- + town
Related forms
uptowner, noun
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Examples from the web for uptown
  • But after a while, they move uptown, into the formal economy.
  • Then it's back into the subway and a few stops further uptown.
  • These restaurants have an uptown look of elegance and often uptown prices as well.
  • He convinces her to marry him and soon after the wedding, he exchanges life in the clinic for an upscale practice uptown.
British Dictionary definitions for uptown

uptown

/ˈʌpˈtaʊn/
adjective, adverb
1.
towards, in, or relating to some part of a town that is away from the centre
noun
2.
such a part of a town, esp a residential part
Derived Forms
uptowner, noun
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Word Origin and History for uptown
n.

1802, "the higher or upper portion of a town," from up + town. As this usually was the residential portion of a town (especially a port) the word had overtones of that. Specific meaning "more prosperous area of town" is recorded from 1946.

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Slang definitions & phrases for uptown

uptown

noun

Cocaine; the LADY

Related Terms

the boys uptown

[1960s+ Narcotics; fr the aristocratic and wealthy overtones of cocaine as compared with other narcotics, fr the earlier sense of uptown, ''affluent, swanky,'' as distinct fr downtown; the topography and demography of Manhattan Island underlie these senses]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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