or yup·py


noun (often initial capital letter)

a young, ambitious, and well-educated city-dweller who has a professional career and an affluent lifestyle.

Origin of yuppie

1980–85, Americanism; y(oung) u(rban) p(rofessional) + -ie
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Examples from the Web for yuppie

Contemporary Examples of yuppie

  • Because in 1980, yuppie culture was just beginning to blossom.

  • If you met him in a bar, he might be all likkered up and decide he wants to kick your pasty, yuppie ass just for the hell of it.

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    Getting Behind the Russia Plan

    Michael Tomasky

    September 10, 2013

  • I do realize this response makes me seem two-thirds boring and one-third yuppie, proportions that are, alas, accurate.

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    Curtis Sittenfeld: How I Write

    Noah Charney

    June 26, 2013

  • The specter of the yuppie is simply raised from time to time to remind the viewer of the "real" Bostonians' essential qualities.

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    Enough With the Boston Movies!

    Ben Crair

    December 9, 2010

  • And here Paul does appear to speak for his generation: He has given us the finest example yet of yuppie selfishness in senescence.

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    The Biggest Rand Paul Outrage Yet

    Kent Sepkowitz

    June 15, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for yuppie



noun (sometimes capital)

an affluent young professional person


typical of or reflecting the values characteristic of yuppies
Derived Formsyuppiedom, noun

Word Origin for yuppie

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper