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noun (often initial capital letter)
  1. a young, ambitious, and well-educated city-dweller who has a professional career and an affluent lifestyle.
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Origin of yuppie

1980–85, Americanism; y(oung) u(rban) p(rofessional) + -ie
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noun (sometimes capital)
  1. an affluent young professional person
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  1. typical of or reflecting the values characteristic of yuppies
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Derived Formsyuppiedom, noun

Word Origin

C20: from y (oung) u (rban) or up (wardly mobile) p (rofessional) + -ie
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Word Origin and History for yuppie

1982, acronym from "young urban professional," ousting competition from yumpie (1984), from "young upward-mobile professional," and yap (1984), from "young aspiring professional." The word was felt as an insult by 1985.

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