Definition of uppity in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌpɪti/


Self-important; arrogant: an uppity MP and his lady wife
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  • 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.

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