adverb, adjective

in the direction of or nearer the source of a river: It's hard to paddle a canoe upriver; an upriver settlement of tribes.

Origin of upriver

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; up- + river1
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Examples from the Web for upriver

Contemporary Examples of upriver

Historical Examples of upriver

  • As if moved by the same impulse, the three strangers turned their heads and looked south-westward, upriver.

    The Pathless Trail

    Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel

  • Revel looked for globes, and saw them upriver, lifting and falling uncertainly.

    The Buttoned Sky

    Geoff St. Reynard

  • Upriver the sky was darkened almost to black, and Gray Cloud smelled snow in the air.


    Robert Shea

  • He thought he heard something moving through the bushes on the upriver side of the island.


    Robert Shea

  • But upriver and down the spoil of axe and saw lay in red booms along the bunk.

    Burned Bridges

    Bertrand W. Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for upriver


adjective, adverb

towards or near the source of a river


an area located upstream
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