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uptight

[ uhp-tahyt ]
/ ˈʌpˈtaɪt /
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adjective Slang.
tense, nervous, or jittery.
annoyed or angry.
stiffly conventional in manner or attitudes.
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Origin of uptight

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

OTHER WORDS FROM uptight

up·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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