uptight

[ uhp-tahyt ]
/ ˈʌpˈtaɪt /

adjective Slang.

tense, nervous, or jittery.
annoyed or angry.
stiffly conventional in manner or attitudes.

Nearby words

  1. uptear,
  2. upter,
  3. upthrow,
  4. upthrust,
  5. uptick,
  6. uptilt,
  7. uptime,
  8. uptitling,
  9. upton,
  10. uptorn

Origin of uptight

1960–65, Americanism; up (perhaps as intensifier) + tight

Related formsup·tight·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for uptight

uptight

/ (ʌpˈtaɪt) /

adjective informal

displaying tense repressed nervousness, irritability, or anger
unable to give expression to one's feelings, personality, etc
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Word Origin and History for uptight

uptight

adj.

"tense," slang, 1934, from up + tight. Meaning "straight-laced" first recorded 1969. It was used in a sense of "excellent" in jazz slang c.1962.

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