Definition of uppity in English:

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uppity

Pronunciation: /ˈəpədē/

adjective

informal
Self-important; arrogant: an uppity sister-in-law
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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

Origin

Late 19th century: a fanciful formation from up.

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Syllabification: up·pi·ty

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