Definition of upstairs in English:



  • 1On or to an upper floor of a building.

    ‘I tiptoed upstairs’
    • ‘She wasn't on the first floor so I went upstairs to Josie's room.’
    • ‘The day after this, I went upstairs to the fifth floor at ten past nine and waited for the striking-looking girl with braided auburn hair.’
    • ‘The master bedroom is on the first floor landing while upstairs there are three more bedrooms and two bathrooms.’
    • ‘After a brief sweep of the main floor, Ally went upstairs.’
    • ‘Having outgrown those premises, the business is about to take over 2,500 sq ft upstairs in the same building.’
    • ‘Going upstairs to the third floor, there's some artwork from Morocco and a little outdoor deck.’
    • ‘Not caring whether her mother was sleeping or not, Samara marched upstairs to the third floor of the house and to the master bedroom.’
    • ‘A narrow, flimsy staircase led through a hole in the ceiling to another floor upstairs.’
    • ‘Over the next few months we'll be painting the guest bedroom, and laying new wooden floors upstairs.’
    • ‘There is tongue and groove flooring in all rooms upstairs.’
    • ‘They walked upstairs to the second floor to a room that was labeled 217.’
    • ‘We also want to put in wooden floors upstairs to replace the carpets, and redecorate the hall, and both of the big bedrooms.’
    • ‘They followed Kevin upstairs to the second floor landing.’
    • ‘Standard features include wooden floors upstairs, coved ceilings, walled gardens to front and rear and gas-fired central heating.’
    • ‘There are two bedrooms on the ground floor and two upstairs but there is also an unusual room which could be changed into a nursery if an extra room was needed.’
    • ‘All the ceiling was virtually burned away and the flames went through to a mezzanine floor upstairs.’
    • ‘Ruth deposited her wet mackintosh on the floor and went upstairs, shivering every now and then.’
    • ‘By late August, a large office was located upstairs on the fifth floor.’
    • ‘The toilets were good, with the ladies on the ground floor and the gents upstairs.’
    • ‘The most intriguing part of the film is the hierarchy of a household where the upper classes live upstairs and the servants downstairs.’
    1. 1.1Used to refer to someone's mental health.
      ‘is he, uh, all right upstairs?’


  • [attributive] Situated on an upper floor.

    ‘an upstairs bedroom’
    • ‘Our house was cosy, with three bedrooms and an upstairs bathroom.’
    • ‘An electrical fault was believed to have triggered the fire, which raged through an upstairs bedroom, causing the floor to collapse into the front room.’
    • ‘He and a colleague had broken into the house and found a body on the floor of an upstairs bedroom.’
    • ‘There are three bedrooms off the upstairs landing, which has extensive floored eaves storage and a built-in wardrobe.’
    • ‘The kids were in an upstairs bedroom in bunk beds.’
    • ‘A generous sun room leads off this, as does the teak staircase, leading to two upstairs bedrooms.’
    • ‘The incident happened last Tuesday when sun on a glass ball ornament acted as a magnifying glass, causing the curtains of an upstairs bedroom to catch fire.’
    • ‘Each upstairs bedroom has a full en suite bathroom, with another half bathroom on the main level and another full bathroom on the lower level.’
    • ‘Fire officers are baffled as to the cause of the blaze, but believe the fire may have started either in the sitting room or an upstairs bedroom.’
    • ‘Firefighters rescued the baby from her cot in an upstairs bedroom.’
    • ‘Before they arrived, three male neighbours found a ladder and helped two girls and a boy escape from the upstairs bedroom.’
    • ‘The 47-year-old woman was trapped as she tried to flee from an upstairs bedroom.’
    • ‘Mrs Davies went to Mr Hamer's former home and found room after room, including the upstairs bedrooms, crammed with the minerals.’
    • ‘The man, in his 30s, was asleep in an upstairs bedroom early today when a fire broke out in the kitchen below him.’
    • ‘It had an upstair floor with tables and you could see part of the dance floor and the bar from there.’
    • ‘In one incident a pensioner was asleep in her living room when the burglar crept into the house taking cash and jewellery from an upstairs bedroom.’
    • ‘Six people were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after the fire which started in the upstairs bedroom and spread to the landing, causing extensive damage.’
    • ‘Later, from his upstairs bedroom, he saw the crashed aircraft.’
    • ‘One raider who forced his way in through the front door of a nearby house was founding hiding in an upstairs bedroom during a follow-up search of the area by detectives.’
    • ‘I faced a pensive day in the upstairs bedroom Jan had loaned me for my first days on the farm.’


  • An upper floor.

    ‘she was cleaning the upstairs’
    • ‘We have spent quite a lot of time and money on decorating the ground floor and the upstairs was in pretty good condition.’
    • ‘But then again, he never sat for 45 minutes on the upstairs of a London bus packed with passengers, slowly snailing up the Walworth Road.’
    • ‘The ground floor includes a bar and lounge, and the upstairs could be converted into a restaurant or function room, subject to planning permission.’
    • ‘On that occasion Jason, then four, smelt the smoke and the family escaped but the upstairs of the house was badly damaged and Miss Russell remembered the advice firemen gave her then.’
    • ‘As a side note, I love the upstairs of most coffee places.’
    • ‘The parents had thrown the child to the passer-by, who caught it as they struggled to escape from the thick smoke which had engulfed the upstairs of their Cook Street home.’
    • ‘The kitchen suffered nearly 70 per cent fire damage and the rest of the ground floor and part of upstairs were also affected.’
    • ‘The two-storeyed common area has an office room, a hall, dining rooms and a large kitchen and a work area on the ground floor and guest rooms and a hall on the upstairs.’
    • ‘The flames spread through the ceiling and completely destroyed the upstairs including various items of property from clothes and furniture to mobile phones.’
    • ‘Polished wooden floors cover the upstairs of the house.’
    • ‘An overheated tumble dryer is thought to have caused the blaze, which spread from the kitchen to the upstairs of the rented house, at about 2am.’
    • ‘The victim went with the man to look at the water under the sink and he believes it was at this point a second suspect entered the open front door and searched the upstairs of the house, finding the money in a spare bedroom.’
    • ‘Chip was standing at the foot of the stairs, as the upstairs emptied quickly.’