noun, plural up-tem·pos, up-tem·pi [uhp-tem-pee] /ˈʌpˌtɛm pi/.

a bouncy, fast tempo in music.


characterized by a fast and bouncy tempo.

Origin of up-tempo

First recorded in 1945–50
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Contemporary Examples of up-tempo

  • Turn Up the TunesStudies have found that up-tempo music can make you feel more energetic and put you in a better mood.

  • His up-tempo songs had undercurrents of solitude, and the ballads that became his specialty were suffused with stoic desolation.

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    Country Music Singer George Jones, RIP

    Justin Green

    April 26, 2013

  • It had an up-tempo, hip-hop influence and helped set the stage for what the Gaga sound was to become.

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    Gaga's Enemy

    Jacob Bernstein

    March 23, 2010