OTHER WORDS FROM uppityup·pi·ty·ness, noun
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More context on uppity
Uppity means “haughty” and “snobbish”—an adjective for someone who puts on airs, someone who is self-important. But, this descriptor has a very racist past, used particularly to disparage Black people as “not remembering their place as inferior.”
Given this explicitly racist past, it is a good idea to cut down on using uppity. Read our next section for some wise alternatives.
If knowing the history of uppity has got you reflecting on your word choices, this slideshow, “These Common Words Have Offensive Histories,” discusses many other words whose place in your vocab you may want to reconsider.
Keep in mind …
There are plenty of alternatives to the problematic uppity. Besides haughty, snobbish, self-important, and putting on airs as noted above, such words as arrogant, snooty, pompous, smug, vain, and high and mighty can convey being overproud like uppity.
You can find even more synonyms at Thesaurus.com. We suggest you start with the adjective proud.
How to use uppity in a sentence
You know: I am to intone that these pundits think of Obama as an “uppity Negro.”Why the Right Thinks Obama’s a Narcissist—and Why They’re Wrong|John McWhorter|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They say, “Love the way you dealt with that uppity teenager!”
Conservatives really seem to hate it when uppity women—damn that pesky economic empowerment!
These comments about Kagan are part of a long tradition of taking down uppity women.
MSNBC host Chris Matthews felt at ease, on national television, referring to a woman as “ she devil,” “ witchy,” and “ uppity.”
We ought to beat hershell get too uppity to live with, declared Bobby, discussing these games.The Girls of Central High on the Stage|Gertrude W. Morrison
Juniper was a sight more uppity than Rosaotherwise she wouldnt have flew the coop, said Bob Wildwood, shaking his head.The Corner House Girls Under Canvas|Grace Brooks Hill
So Mars' Colby had ter let dat uppity yaller gal go ahead an' do her worstest.The Corner House Girls at School|Grace Brooks Hill
Den, how come you talk so uppity, like a man wid de law on he side and ain't a-scared o' nobody?Captain Ted|Louis Pendleton
"Sounds very uppity to me," she said with a humorous glance at her own ancient gown.Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge|Pemberton Ginther