Definition of uppity in US English:



  • Self-important; arrogant.

    ‘an uppity sister-in-law’
    • ‘And there, of course, is the return to the central agenda: it's all the uppity republicans' fault after all.’
    • ‘Animal societies have proscribed behavior, and if you step outside of it too often or get too uppity you are ostracized.’
    • ‘I don't think it's anything to get uppity about.’
    • ‘Yet rather than looking at the persistently disadvantaged economic position they're in and getting uppity, women have fallen silent.’
    • ‘Dare the uppity saleswomen at Saks or Gucci treat her with disdain?’
    • ‘Papa used to say if you don't want to work don't open the store but he didn't rule out the option of slamming the door on someone's toes if they got uppity with you.’
    • ‘They've been really good actually, even Mike and Terry who could have been uppity and awkward but weren't, which I appreciate.’
    • ‘It means I'm getting uppity, thinking maybe I'm better than you.’
    • ‘Perhaps more to the point, in a country formed by migration, uppity workers are always at the mercy of the next wave of incomers.’
    • ‘I'm sure we could find lots of testimony that would make him look really smug, self serving and uppity.’
    • ‘The actress, on the other hand, was uppity, wouldn't sign autographs, kept to herself and was new at her job.’
    • ‘Katherine wasn't just smart, she was a tiny bit uppity, too: she almost got herself thrown in jail for arguing with him about some issues.’
    • ‘Somehow I was led to believe that she was all uppity but she wasn't at all.’
    • ‘And I'd really like to know what my cat has to be so uppity about.’
    • ‘All those uppity schools that allow people use their money to get a better education from the use of church resources should be closed.’
    • ‘You just don't want to give those people any uppity ideas.’
    • ‘It's assumed that he'll be a bit less uppity with future clients.’
    • ‘To prevent them from getting uppity, it is necessary to create this tremendous, power consuming virtual reality.’
    • ‘A particularly uppity man ‘sees himself as the intellectual of the team’.’
    • ‘‘Personality tests can show if someone could be uppity to their boss,’ she said, pausing to chuckle.’
    haughty, conceited, hubristic, self-important, opinionated, egotistic, full of oneself, superior
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Late 19th century: a fanciful formation from up.