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adjective Informal.
  1. arrogant; condescending; uppity.
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Origin of uppish

First recorded in 1670–80; up + -ish1
Related formsup·pish·ly, adverbup·pish·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • It is a great mistake to make so much of them; they get uppish.

    The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4

    Lucian of Samosata

  • We were not so uppish about what sort of hotel we would have, next time we went to Datchet.

    Three Men in a Boat

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • But of the uppish ones there was one officer in particular I could not endure.

  • He's an uppish chap, but he's a leader with the upper classmen.

  • If you weren't so uppish at times, there would now be less of a set against you.'

    The Unknown Sea

    Clemence Housman

British Dictionary definitions for uppish


  1. British informal snobbish, arrogant, or presumptuous
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Derived Formsuppishly, adverbuppishness, noun

Word Origin

C18: from up + -ish
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