noun, plural up·stairs.
Origin of upstairs
Examples from the Web for upstair
They were carried back to the plantation and the mother was mildly punished and imprisoned in an upstair room.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States|Work Projects Administration
One of her last observations was, 'How frightfully like this is to our room at Islington,'—our upstair room she meant.Mary Lamb|Anne Burrows Gilchrist
Madame Nancanou an' heh daughtah livin' upstair an' rissy-ving de finess soci'ty in de Province!The Grandissimes|George Washington Cable
"I have been looking at the upstair rooms at home," said Clarence.Beth Woodburn|Maud Petitt
The upstair rooms are better furnished, and the beds often really good.The Toilers of the Field|Richard Jefferies
noun (functioning as singular or plural)
- an upper floor or level
- (as modifier)an upstairs room
1590s (adj.), from up + stairs (see stair). The noun is first attested 1872. Meaning "characteristic of upstairs life" (in private rooms of a household, as opposed to servants' quarters) is recorded from 1942.
He [Halifax] had said he had known many kicked down stairs, but he never knew any kicked up stairs before. [Gilbert Burnet, supplement to "History of My own Time," from his original memoirs, c.1697]
see kick upstairs.