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[yuhp-ee] /ˈyʌp i/
noun, plural yuppies. (often initial capital letter)


or yuppy

[yuhp-ee] /ˈyʌp i/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for yuppy


noun (sometimes capital)
an affluent young professional person
typical of or reflecting the values characteristic of yuppies
Derived Forms
yuppiedom, noun
Word Origin
C20: from y(oung) u(rban) or up(wardly mobile) p(rofessional) + -ie
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Word Origin and History for yuppy


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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for yuppy



(also Yup or yuppoid or yupster) An affluent, usually city-dwelling, professional in his or her 20s and 30s; a prosperous and ambitious young professional: Yuppies are dedicated to the twin goals of making piles of money and achieving perfection through physical fitness and therapy/ The narrow dance floor is soon crammed with ''Yuppies,'' young urban professionals taking time out from social climbing/ The Yups discover that the locals have been putting up with this for years/ His death must have made more than a few Madison yupsters check their calendars/ photos of two generically cheerful yuppoids holding scotch glasses

[1984+; fr young urban professional, and modeled on yippie; perhaps coined for a 1983 book called The Yuppie Handbook, which was modeled on the earlier book The Official Preppy Handbook]

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