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yuppie

or yup·py

[yuhp-ee]
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noun (often initial capital letter)
  1. a young, ambitious, and well-educated city-dweller who has a professional career and an affluent lifestyle.

Origin of yuppie

1980–85, Americanism; y(oung) u(rban) p(rofessional) + -ie
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yuppie

yuppy

noun (sometimes capital)
  1. an affluent young professional person
adjective
  1. typical of or reflecting the values characteristic of yuppies
Derived Formsyuppiedom, noun

Word Origin

C20: from y (oung) u (rban) or up (wardly mobile) p (rofessional) + -ie
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for yuppie

1982, acronym from "young urban professional," ousting competition from yumpie (1984), from "young upward-mobile professional," and yap (1984), from "young aspiring professional." The word was felt as an insult by 1985.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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