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[uhp-ish] /ˈʌp ɪʃ/
adjective, Informal.
arrogant; condescending; uppity.
Origin of uppish
First recorded in 1670-80; up + -ish1
Related forms
uppishly, adverb
uppishness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for uppish
Historical Examples
  • It is a great mistake to make so much of them; they get uppish.

  • We were not so uppish about what sort of hotel we would have, next time we went to Datchet.

    Three Men in a Boat Jerome K. Jerome
  • But of the uppish ones there was one officer in particular I could not endure.

    White Nights and Other Stories Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • He's an uppish chap, but he's a leader with the upper classmen.

    Dick Hamilton's Cadet Days Howard R. Garis
  • If you weren't so uppish at times, there would now be less of a set against you.'

    The Unknown Sea Clemence Housman
  • He is a guest here with us and I can see no sense in your being so uppish.

    The Ranch Girls at Rainbow Lodge Margaret Vandercook
  • It don't do gals no good to be too book-l'arned—jes' meks 'em uppish an' no-'count.

    Crestlands Mary Addams Bayne
  • How could he be humble to that uppish, vainglorious tune, that toreador pomposity?

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • An' she was so composed an' calm, so weel-bred withoot bein' uppish!

    Betty Grier Joseph Waugh
  • He has grown so uppish now that sometimes I have to remind him of his origin—have not I, Minky?'

    Doctor Cupid Rhoda Broughton
British Dictionary definitions for uppish


(Brit, informal) snobbish, arrogant, or presumptuous
Derived Forms
uppishly, adverb
uppishness, noun
Word Origin
C18: from up + -ish
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