- Self-important; arrogant: an uppity sister-in-lawMore example sentences
arrogant, snobbish, hoity-toity, snooty, pretentious, bumptious, full of oneself, puffed up, conceited, pompous, self-assertive, overbearing, cocky, cocksure, impertinent, haughty, self-important, superior, presumptuous, overweening, uppish, high and mighty; too big for one's britches/boots
- I'm sure we could find lots of testimony that would make him look really smug, self serving and uppity.
- Dare the uppity saleswomen at Saks or Gucci treat her with disdain?
- It means I'm getting uppity, thinking maybe I'm better than you.
late 19th century: a fanciful formation from up.