[ uhp-tawk ]

  1. a rise in pitch at the end usually of a declarative sentence, especially if habitual: often represented in writing by a question mark as inHi, I'm here to read the meter?

Origin of uptalk

First recorded in 1990–95; up- + talk. Uptalk was first noted especially among teenage girls and young women, though it is used among the general population

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British Dictionary definitions for uptalk


/ (ˈʌpˌtɔːk) /

  1. a style of speech in which every sentence ends with a rising tone, as if the speaker is always asking a question

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