- tense, nervous, or jittery.
- annoyed or angry.
- stiffly conventional in manner or attitudes.
Origin of uptight
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Examples from the Web for uptight
“It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys,” she said.It’s Time to Stop Hating Katherine Heigl
November 17, 2014
Read another way, she is a horrible mother, an uptight snob, and a bit of a shrew.Colm Toibin Describes The Creation Of His Quiet Masterpiece ‘Nora Webster’
November 3, 2014
One of the characters I played was an uptight whackjob, so that was probably written for me.'SNL' Star Kate McKinnon's Big, 'Awesome,' Emmy-Nominated Year
August 19, 2014
The producers were looking to start a fight between the laid-back Sebastian and Camille, his uptight counterpart.The Surreal Genius of Bravo’s Rich Kids Docudrama ‘NYC Prep’
April 23, 2014
For Cummings, who was born within an uptight intellectual haven, it was no wonder that he would grow out of that shell.This Week’s Hot Reads: Feb. 3, 2014
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February 3, 2014
- displaying tense repressed nervousness, irritability, or anger
- unable to give expression to one's feelings, personality, etc
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Word Origin and History for uptight
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