uppity

[ 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.

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CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH THESE WORDS FROM "LITTLE WOMEN"

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earnest

Origin of uppity

1875–80, Americanism; probably up + -ity, extended form of -y1; cf. pernickety

OTHER WORDS FROM uppity

up·pi·ty·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for uppity

uppity
/ (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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