noun, plural up·stairs.
Origin of upstairs
Examples from the Web for upstairs
Upstairs, in the living room, splintered logs of hemlock cackled and spat from inside the wood stove.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Finding the bathroom on the first floor locked, she went to use one upstairs.Spies, Lies, and Rape in the Air Force: An Undercover Agent's Story|Jacob Siegel|March 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The upstairs portion of the exhibition is all about exuberance.
Upstairs in the galleries, Jim Costanzo spouted lefty politics between tunes on his baritone bugle.Pawel Althamer Creates Art That’s by the People, for the People at the New Museum|Jessica Dawson|February 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With upstairs off limits, I left the comfort of my bed, decamping to the narrow living room couch.
But it won't be much use unless you can carry me upstairs and lock me in my room.Mr. Prohack|E. Arnold Bennett
The servant tried to take him upstairs to lie down and compose himself.Armadale|Wilkie Collins
Jacques: The postman when he has got upstairs pleads the cause of the post-office.Economic Sophisms|Frederic Bastiat
He told her, however, to follow him upstairs, and he would see what could be done for her.Lincoln's Yarns and Stories|Alexander K. McClure
Whoever was upstairs in that house alone and in peril he must save.The City of Fire|Grace Livingston Hill
British Dictionary definitions for upstairs
noun (functioning as singular or plural)
- an upper floor or level
- (as modifier)an upstairs room
Word Origin and History for upstairs
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]
Idioms and Phrases with upstairs
see kick upstairs.