- higher, as in place, position, pitch, or in a scale: the upper stories of a house; the upper register of a singer's voice.
- superior, as in rank, dignity, or station.
- (of places) at a higher level, more northerly, or farther from the sea: the upper slopes of a mountain; upper New York State.
- (often initial capital letter) Stratigraphy. denoting a later division of a period, system, or the like: the Upper Devonian.
- the part of a shoe or boot above the sole, comprising the quarter, vamp, counter, and lining.
- an upper berth.
- a gaiter made of cloth.Compare gaiter(def 1).
- Usually uppers,
- an upper dental plate.
- an upper tooth.
- Informal. the higher of two bunks or berths.
- 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 upper1
- a stimulant drug, especially an amphetamine.
- a pleasant or elating experience, person, or situation.
Origin of upper2
Examples from the Web for upper
Kanye refuses to stomach any rejection, no matter how upper crust.Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s Balmain Campaign: High Fashion Meets Low Culture
December 23, 2014
Targeting her upper back, Couple sat cross-legged on a table while she whipped her slave.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
When I came to New York after college I was taken with the world of Jewish intellectuals and the Upper West Side.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
Sure, the Red Coats had the upper hand in terms of transportation, supplies and training.The British Royals Reinvade Brooklyn: William and Kate Come Watch Basketball on Historic Battle Site
December 6, 2014
They and their allies seem to have the upper hand in Missouri.Abortion in Missouri Is the Wait of a Lifetime
November 12, 2014
But the upper edges are ragged, torn by a wind not yet felt below.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The chief stock was settled at Liberton, in the upper part of Clydesdale.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
At that moment there was an uproar from the upper part of the hotel.Way of the Lawless
His brother lay upon his bed, at the upper end of a long bed-chamber.To be Read at Dusk
But the terrible thing about him was the death's-head look of the upper part of him.Weighed and Wanting
- higher or highest in relation to physical position, wealth, rank, status, etc
- (capital when part of a name) lying farther upstream, inland, or farther norththe upper valley of the Loire
- (capital when part of a name) geology archaeol denoting the late part or division of a period, system, formation, etcUpper Palaeolithic
- maths (of a limit or bound) greater than or equal to one or more numbers or variables
- the higher of two objects, people, etc
- the part of a shoe above the sole, covering the upper surface of the foot
- on one's uppers extremely poor; destitute
- informal any tooth of the upper jaw
- Also called (esp US): up slang any of various drugs having a stimulant or euphoric effectCompare downer
Word Origin and History for upper
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.
- Being a later or more recent division of the geological or archaeological period named. Compare lower.
Idioms and Phrases with upper
In addition to the idioms beginning with upper
- upper crust
- upper hand
- upper story
- keep a stiff upper lip
- on one's uppers