- optimistic; happy; cheerful: television dramas with predictably upbeat endings.
Origin of upbeat
Examples from the Web for upbeat
And despite the good scholarship the authors have managed to retain the buoyancy and upbeat air attendant on most comics.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
December 13, 2014
When it came to pop music in 1964, there was plenty to listen to that was upbeat and fun in addition to The Beatles.The Beatles and JFK 50 Years Later
February 2, 2014
Even the films a little off the mainstream hype-track have an upbeat bravura, or unexpected hero-on-a-journey.Why No Oscar Love For 'Inside Llewyn Davis'?
January 20, 2014
Even anecdotes that are supposed to be upbeat turn out to be barbed.Sarah Palin Serves Up a Healthy Serving of Venom in Her Christmas Book
November 16, 2013
The mood was light and upbeat, hems were low, and fit was loose.Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2014: Serenity Now
September 11, 2013
- a usually unaccented beat, esp the last in a bar
- the upward gesture of a conductor's baton indicating thisCompare downbeat
- an upward trend (in prosperity, etc)
- informal marked by cheerfulness or optimism
Word Origin and History for upbeat
"with a positive mood," 1947, apparently from the musical noun upbeat (1869), referring to the beat of a bar at which the conductor's baton is in a raised position; the "optimistic" sense apparently for no other reason than that it sounds like a happy word (the musical upbeat is no more inherently "positive" than any other beat). Expression on the upbeat "improving, getting better" is recorded from 1934.