Definition of upstairs in English:

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upstairs

Pronunciation: /ˌəpˈsterz/

adverb

1On or to an upper floor of a building: I tiptoed upstairs
More example sentences
  • There is tongue and groove flooring in all rooms upstairs.
  • Having outgrown those premises, the business is about to take over 2,500 sq ft upstairs in the same building.
  • The most intriguing part of the film is the hierarchy of a household where the upper classes live upstairs and the servants downstairs.
1.1Used to refer to someone’s mental health: is he, uh, all right upstairs?

adjective

[attributive]
Situated on an upper floor: an upstairs bedroom
More example sentences
  • It had an upstair floor with tables and you could see part of the dance floor and the bar from there.
  • He and a colleague had broken into the house and found a body on the floor of an upstairs bedroom.
  • An electrical fault was believed to have triggered the fire, which raged through an upstairs bedroom, causing the floor to collapse into the front room.

noun

An upper floor: she was cleaning the upstairs
More example sentences
  • Polished wooden floors cover the upstairs of the house.
  • The two-storeyed common area has an office room, a hall, dining rooms and a large kitchen and a work area on the ground floor and guest rooms and a hall on the upstairs.
  • The ground floor includes a bar and lounge, and the upstairs could be converted into a restaurant or function room, subject to planning permission.

Phrases

the man upstairs

A humorous name for God.
Example sentences
  • I'd be interested to hear what the man upstairs would really have to say about the latest release from this rock ‘n roll gang of hooligans.
  • While I respect Mr Wyatt's faith, which has no doubt given him both strength and succour through this ordeal, I can't help wondering quite what the man upstairs might have been up to in wishing to prolong Charlotte's pain and suffering.
  • I suddenly thanked the man upstairs for creating them, among other things.

Words that rhyme with upstairs

backstairs, chargés d'affaires, downstairs, Pears, theirs, unawares, understairs

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Syllabification: up·stairs

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