Origin of upbeat
Examples from the Web for upbeat
And despite the good scholarship the authors have managed to retain the buoyancy and upbeat air attendant on most comics.
When it came to pop music in 1964, there was plenty to listen to that was upbeat and fun in addition to The Beatles.
Even the films a little off the mainstream hype-track have an upbeat bravura, or unexpected hero-on-a-journey.
Even anecdotes that are supposed to be upbeat turn out to be barbed.Sarah Palin Serves Up a Healthy Serving of Venom in Her Christmas Book|Michelle Cottle|November 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
- a usually unaccented beat, esp the last in a bar
- the upward gesture of a conductor's baton indicating thisCompare downbeat
"with a positive mood," 1947, apparently from the musical noun upbeat (1869), referring to the beat of a bar at which the conductor's baton is in a raised position; the "optimistic" sense apparently for no other reason than that it sounds like a happy word (the musical upbeat is no more inherently "positive" than any other beat). Expression on the upbeat "improving, getting better" is recorded from 1934.