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