uppity
adjective Etymology: probably from up + -ity (as in persnickity, variant of persnickety) Date: 1880 putting on or marked by airs of superiority ; arrogant, presumptuous <
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uppitiness also uppityness noun

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  • uppity — 1880, from UP (Cf. up) + ITY (Cf. ity); originally used by blacks of other blacks felt to be too self assertive (first recorded use is in Uncle Remus ). The parallel British variant uppish (1670s) originally meant lavish; the sense of conceited,… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • uppity — [[t]ʌ̱pɪti[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you say that someone is uppity, you mean that they are behaving as if they were very important and you do not think that they are important. [INFORMAL] If you just tried to show normal dignity, you were …   English dictionary

  • uppity — [“apadi] mod. haughty. (Folksy.) □ Why is she so uppity? □ Don’t be uppity. Remember who you are! …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • uppity — adjective /ˈʌpəti/ Presumptuous, above oneself, self important. I think you are one very uppity young man …   Wiktionary

  • uppity — up|pi|ty [ˈʌpıti] adj also uppish BrE [ˈʌpıʃ] informal [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: up] behaving as if you are more important than you really are, or not showing someone enough respect ▪ uppity kids …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • uppity — adj Arrogant, condescending. She s so uppity that she only drinks champagne with her hotdogs. 1880s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

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