Definition of upbeat in English:



  • (in music) an unaccented beat preceding an accented beat.

    • ‘There are a lot of upbeats, up in the air, which is great for dancing but really hard for an orchestra.’
    • ‘The song has three stanzas of six lines, carrying four stresses downbeats separated by upbeats.’
    • ‘But havoc and harmony learn to coexist, most harmoniously on ‘Circle Square Triangle’, whose guitars punch thick upbeats despite an ungainly note count.’
    • ‘Movement is slowed with stops at percussive upbeats.’


  • Cheerful; optimistic.

    • ‘The programme makers have promised that this new series is going to be more upbeat than the one before.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, Foot himself concludes on a much more upbeat note than this depressing tale might suggest.’
    • ‘If the mood was upbeat it was merely a reflection of the play on the day.’
    • ‘The soundtrack consists of mostly upbeat dance numbers with a few slower selections.’
    • ‘Hartley has every right to be upbeat and optimistic about his life at the present time.’
    • ‘It is certainly telling that Wall Street on Friday was continuing to take its cue from more upbeat news.’
    • ‘The manager's upbeat mood reflects that of the people in the queue which is slowly snaking its way towards the ticket office.’
    • ‘It is interesting that it is the big bank economists who remain loyal to more upbeat forecasts.’
    • ‘London shares ended the week in upbeat mood yesterday, helped by solid gains in oil and banking stocks.’
    • ‘I'm not totally through the woods yet, but hopefully this more upbeat period will last.’
    • ‘Considering a lot of things seem to be bringing me down mentally just lately, I actually feel quite upbeat today.’
    • ‘My daughter-in-law told me he called one day and he sounded very upbeat.’
    • ‘With the crowd on their side they belted out a series of fast, upbeat rock songs.’
    • ‘McConnell was in upbeat mood as he arrived for a meeting in Stirling yesterday.’
    • ‘His speeches are upbeat and optimistic because this is the style of Michael Gove, a key Cameron adviser.’
    • ‘Perhaps that explains why the chancellor still sounds so upbeat these days.’
    • ‘As a whole, the tone is a little more optimistic and upbeat than previous efforts.’
    • ‘Despite dramatically changing the way he lives, Chris is a positive and upbeat person.’
    • ‘Everett had used it a lot when he spoke and it sounded so optimistic and upbeat coming from him.’
    • ‘Analysts were very upbeat when the merger was announced last year at the height of the internet bubble.’
    cheerful, cheery, positive, confident, hopeful, sanguine, bullish, buoyant, bright
    optimistic, cheerful, cheery, positive, confident, hopeful, sanguine, bullish, buoyant, bright
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