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[uhp-i-tee] /ˈʌp ɪ ti/
adjective, Informal.
affecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; haughty; snobbish.
rebelliously self-assertive; not inclined to be tractable or deferential.
Origin of uppity
1875-80, Americanism; probably up + -ity, extended form of -y1; cf. pernickety
Related forms
uppityness, noun Unabridged
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adjective (informal)
not yielding easily to persuasion or control
another word for uppish
Word Origin
from up + fanciful ending, perhaps influenced by -ity
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Word Origin and History for uppity

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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Conceited; arrogant; snobbish; hincty: the most uppity colored fellow I ever ran into in my life/ to estimate if this reporter was going to give her any sass or put on any uppity airs (1880+ Black)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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