[ uhp-i-tee ]
/ ˈʌp ɪ ti /

adjective Informal.

affecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; haughty; snobbish.
rebelliously self-assertive; not inclined to be tractable or deferential.

Origin of uppity

1875–80, Americanism; probably up + -ity, extended form of -y1; cf. pernickety
Related formsup·pi·ty·ness, noun
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/ (ˈʌpɪtɪ) /

adjective informal

not yielding easily to persuasion or control
another word for uppish

Word Origin for uppity

from up + fanciful ending, perhaps influenced by -ity
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Word Origin and History for uppity



1880, from up + -ity; originally used by blacks of other blacks felt to be too self-assertive (first recorded use is in "Uncle Remus"). The parallel British variant uppish (1670s) originally meant "lavish;" the sense of "conceited, arrogant" being first recorded 1734.

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