[adverb, adjective uhp-hil; noun uhp-hil]


up or as if up the slope of a hill or other incline; upward: The soldiers marched uphill. Water does not run uphill without assistance.


going or tending upward on or as if on a hill: an uphill road.
at a high place or point: an uphill village.
laboriously fatiguing or difficult: an uphill struggle to become wealthy.


a rising terrain; ascent.

Origin of uphill

First recorded in 1540–50; up- + hill

Synonyms for uphill

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Contemporary Examples of uphill

Historical Examples of uphill

  • There was no match in the country for Peter when it came to a long, uphill chase.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • He has no intention of fighting an uphill battle; he keeps the roadway of politics.



  • It'll be uphill both ways from there an' we can't budge her an inch.

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx

  • It was uphill work trying to hold out for the remaining 35 runs.

    Follow My leader

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • If it was downhill to the city it would be uphill coming back.

British Dictionary definitions for uphill



inclining, sloping, or leading upwards
requiring arduous and protracted effortan uphill task


up an incline or slope; upwards
against difficulties


a rising incline; ascent
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Word Origin and History for uphill

1610s, from up + hill.

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