Definition of uptight in English:

uptight

Pronunciation /ˈʌptʌɪt//ʌpˈtʌɪt/

adjective

informal
  • Anxious or angry in a tense and overly controlled way.

    ‘he is so uptight about everything’
    • ‘Psychologists say it's all part of our uptight nature.’
    • ‘No longer suppressed and uptight, we are happy to confess all to a stranger, often spending thousands of pounds in the process.’
    • ‘Those close to the team say the rookie quarterback is too nervous and uptight to let his abilities show.’
    • ‘Okay, so she was sort of uptight and standoffish, but I didn't think much about it.’
    • ‘He breathed in and out slowly, hating that he was so uptight and edgy.’
    • ‘I was incredibly nervous and uptight - seeing your hero in the flesh is truly a terrifying experience.’
    • ‘But it is difficult, in this so-called enlightened age, to understand why we remain so uptight about it.’
    • ‘Swinging liberals are just as prone to fear as uptight reactionaries; they just aren't as upfront about showing it.’
    • ‘I know I shouldn't be getting so uptight about it but I'd really like the satisfaction of knowing that I got it right.’
    • ‘Yet Logan is not anywhere near as uptight as he once was.’
    • ‘But the wider message was, of course, that we have a sense of humour about ourselves, we are not uptight, we are human.’
    • ‘My real dad was mad at me and my mom one day because he couldn't understand why we made fun of him when he got so angry and uptight.’
    • ‘It lurked in air like a poisonous cloud, making everyone feel uneasy and uptight.’
    • ‘These women often come across as uptight or too bothered by small details.’
    • ‘And while some of us get uptight about smoking, we take a relaxed view of drinking.’
    • ‘You are angry, uptight and feeling the physical effects of this anxiety.’
    • ‘That is one of the reasons why the wealth creators of New Zealand are so upset and uptight with the Government.’
    • ‘Wayne annoys me, and Alfred doesn't have the dry sense of humor he once did, instead now seeming an uptight, gruff type.’
    • ‘Anyone less uptight about these things will love it, though.’
    • ‘He's a tax lawyer and he's recently divorced and obviously uptight.’
    anxious, disturbed, perturbed, troubled, bothered, distressed, concerned, upset, distraught, worried sick, disquieted, uneasy, ill at ease, fretful, fretting, agitated, in a state of agitation, nervous, edgy, on edge, like a cat on a hot tin roof, tense, overwrought, worked up, keyed up, strung out, jumpy, with one's stomach in knots, stressed, under stress
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Pronunciation

uptight

/ˈʌptʌɪt//ʌpˈtʌɪt/