• synonyms


See more synonyms for uppish on Thesaurus.com
adjective Informal.
  1. arrogant; condescending; uppity.
Show More

Origin of uppish

First recorded in 1670–80; up + -ish1
Related formsup·pish·ly, adverbup·pish·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

arrant, assuming, assumptive, audacious, barefaced, blatant, bold, brash, brassy, brazen, bumptious, cheeky, cocky, contumelious, cool, familiar, flip, forward, fresh, immodest

Examples from the Web for uppish

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
Show More
Derived Formsuppishly, adverbuppishness, noun

Word Origin

C18: from up + -ish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012