- 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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- an affluent young professional person
- typical of or reflecting the values characteristic of yuppies
Word Origin for yuppie
C20: from y (oung) u (rban) or up (wardly mobile) p (rofessional) + -ie
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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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