upper

1
[ uhp-er ]
/ ˈʌp ər /

adjective

noun

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

Definition for upper (2 of 2)

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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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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