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1982, acronym from "young urban professional," ousting competition from yumpie (1984), from "young upward-mobile professional," and yap (1984), from "young aspiring professional." The word was felt as an insult by 1985.
(also Yup or yuppoid or yupster) An affluent, usually city-dwelling, professional in his or her 20s and 30s; a prosperous and ambitious young professional: Yuppies are dedicated to the twin goals of making piles of money and achieving perfection through physical fitness and therapy/ The narrow dance floor is soon crammed with ''Yuppies,'' young urban professionals taking time out from social climbing/ The Yups discover that the locals have been putting up with this for years/ His death must have made more than a few Madison yupsters check their calendars/ photos of two generically cheerful yuppoids holding scotch glasses
[1984+; fr young urban professional, and modeled on yippie; perhaps coined for a 1983 book called The Yuppie Handbook, which was modeled on the earlier book The Official Preppy Handbook]