upper

1
[ uhp-er ]
/ ˈʌp ər /

adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. upmanship,
  2. upmarket,
  3. upmost,
  4. upolu,
  5. upon,
  6. upper air,
  7. upper airway,
  8. upper arlington,
  9. upper arm,
  10. upper atmosphere

Idioms

    on one's uppers, Informal. reduced to poverty; without sufficient means: They are on their uppers but manage to hide the fact from their friends.

Origin of upper

1
1300–50; Middle English; see up (adj.), -er4

upper

2
[ uhp-er ]
/ ˈʌp ər /

noun Slang.

a stimulant drug, especially an amphetamine.
a pleasant or elating experience, person, or situation.

Origin of upper

2
An Americanism dating back to 1965–70; up + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for upper

upper

/ (ˈʌpə) /

adjective

noun

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Word Origin and History for upper

upper

adj.

c.1300, originally comparative of up. Cf. Middle Dutch upper, Dutch opper, Low German upper, Norwegian yppare. Noun meaning "part of a shoe above the sole" is recorded from 1789; sense of "stimulant drug" is from 1968. Upper crust is attested from mid-15c. in reference to the top crust of a loaf of bread, 1836 in reference to society. The pugilistic uppercut is first recorded 1842. Upper hand "advantage" is late 15c., probably from wrestling. Upperclassman is recorded from 1871. Upper middle class (adj.) is first recorded 1872.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for upper

upper

[ ŭpər ]

Being a later or more recent division of the geological or archaeological period named. Compare lower.
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Idioms and Phrases with upper

upper

In addition to the idioms beginning with upper

  • upper crust
  • upper hand
  • upper story

also see:

  • keep a stiff upper lip
  • on one's uppers
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