verb (used with object), up·set, up·set·ting.
verb (used without object), up·set, up·set·ting.
- a tool used for upsetting.
- something that is upset, as a bar end.
- ups and downs,
- upset price,
- upset the applecart,
- upsetting lever,
- upsetting moment
Origin of upset
Examples from the Web for upset
Hitchcock reacts as if he has an upset stomach--and that I gave it to him.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I thought if I cooperated it would make it better… I was so upset that day.Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All|Aurora Snow|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
First, seeing my father in the middle of his row crying, and thinking, Why is dad so upset?All Eyes on Anjelica Huston: The Legendary Actress on Love, Abuse, and Jack Nicholson|Alex Suskind|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And two, that as a public official you can make tough choices, do the right things for the right reasons, and upset some people.Meet Gina Raimondo, the Only Democratic Star of 2014|David Freedlander|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Independent Greg Orman is public enemy number one to Republicans today because he could upset their senate math toward a majority.Independent Greg Orman Stands Up Against GOP Attacks|John Avlon|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He could not help, and it would only distress you to feel that he was upset.About Peggy Saville|Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
I saw that what I had said had upset him, and that he was not at all clear as to how much or how little of the true facts I knew.The Czar's Spy|William Le Queux
If stream line pull tends to upset this level keel, horizontal rudders may be used to correct it.The Submarine in War and Peace|Simon Lake
Would not the sudden shock, joyful though it was, upset the fragile little beauty?The King of Schnorrers|Israel Zangwill
Dishonour and prejudice would accrue to any sovereign who should upset the very nature of the constitution.St George's Cross|H. G. Keene
verb (ʌpˈsɛt) -sets, -setting or -set (mainly tr)
Word Origin for upset
mid-15c., "to set up, fix," from up + set (v.). Cf. Middle Dutch opsetten, German aufsetzen. Modern sense of "overturn, capsize" (1803) is that of obsolete overset. Meaning "to throw into mental discomposure" is from 1805. The noun sense of "overturning of a vehicle or boat" is recorded from 1804.