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[adverb, noun uhp-toun; adjective uhp-toun] /adverb, noun ˈʌpˈtaʊn; adjective ˈʌpˌtaʊn/
to, toward, or in the upper part of a town or city:
He rode uptown on the bus.
moving toward, situated in, or pertaining to the upper part of a town:
Take the uptown bus.
of, for, or characteristic of affluent people; elegant, stylish, or luxurious:
uptown fashions; uptown tastes.
the uptown section of a town or city:
Uptown is less crowded.
Origin of uptown
First recorded in 1830-40; up- + town
Related forms
uptowner, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Say, Stilly, I'm off uptown to attend to the emptiness in this stone utensil.

  • This resolution coloured his reverie throughout the uptown journey.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • His presence, and that of Mrs. Morton, at the uptown hotel, was known.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • I locked the study door, went back to my roadster, and headed her uptown.

  • So Helen left for uptown with her bundles, wearing her new suit and hat.

    The Girl from Sunset Ranch Amy Bell Marlowe
British Dictionary definitions for uptown


adjective, adverb
towards, in, or relating to some part of a town that is away from the centre
such a part of a town, esp a residential part
Derived Forms
uptowner, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for uptown

1802, "the higher or upper portion of a town," from up + town. As this usually was the residential portion of a town (especially a port) the word had overtones of that. Specific meaning "more prosperous area of town" is recorded from 1946.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for uptown



Cocaine; the LADY

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the boys uptown

[1960s+ Narcotics; fr the aristocratic and wealthy overtones of cocaine as compared with other narcotics, fr the earlier sense of uptown, ''affluent, swanky,'' as distinct fr downtown; the topography and demography of Manhattan Island underlie these senses]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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