adjective Slang.

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

Origin of uptight

1960–65, Americanism; up (perhaps as intensifier) + tight
Related formsup·tight·ness, noun
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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

"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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