Definition of keepy-uppy in US English:


(also keepy-up)


  • A game whose aim is to keep a soccer ball in the air for as long as possible by bouncing it off any part of the body except the hands and arm.

    ‘a bunch of kids gather around to play keepy-uppy’
    ‘he hoofs a football over a garden fence during a game of keepy-uppy’
    count noun ‘fans turned out just to watch him do a few keepy-uppies’
    • ‘More than two million people have now seen him playing keepy-up in a car park.’
    • ‘The main man played keepy-uppy, resplendent in a Celtic tracksuit, before kicking a couple of balls into the crowd.’
    • ‘Andrew, who has been dubbed the Welsh Maradona, shot to fame after videos of his keepy-up skills were posted on the internet.’
    • ‘After taking time out from teaching Lionel Messi his plethora of tricks, Dan is now offering tips on how to become a keepy-uppy supremo.’
    • ‘Even in his early 60s he was knocking the ball about with us and playing keepy-uppy.’


1950s: (originally Scots, as keepy-up): from keep + -y + up + -y.