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uppity

[uhp-i-tee]
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adjective Informal.
  1. affecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; haughty; snobbish.
  2. rebelliously self-assertive; not inclined to be tractable or deferential.
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Origin of uppity

1875–80, Americanism; probably up + -ity, extended form of -y1; cf. pernickety
Related formsup·pi·ty·ness, noun
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uppity

adjective informal
  1. not yielding easily to persuasion or control
  2. another word for uppish
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Word Origin

from up + fanciful ending, perhaps influenced by -ity
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Word Origin and History for uppity

adj.

1880, from up + -ity; originally used by blacks of other blacks felt to be too self-assertive (first recorded use is in "Uncle Remus"). The parallel British variant uppish (1670s) originally meant "lavish;" the sense of "conceited, arrogant" being first recorded 1734.

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