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up·pi·ty

 (ŭp′ĭ-tē)
adj. Informal
1. Haughty or presumptuous, especially for one's rank or social standing: "At Vassar the girls she knew were better dressed than she was and had uppity finishing school manners" (John Dos Passos).
2. Not complacent or deferential; strongly self-assertive: "Even those who'd mastered the broom, Andrew Carnegie said ... needed to get a little uppity at some point" (Megan Hustad).

[From up.]

up′pi·ti·ness, up′pi·ty·ness n.

uppity

(ˈʌpɪtɪ)
adj
1. not yielding easily to persuasion or control
2. another word for uppish
[from up + fanciful ending, perhaps influenced by -ity]

up•pi•ty

(ˈʌp ɪ ti)

adj. Informal.
inclined to be haughty, snobbish, or arrogant.
[1875–80, Amer.; probably up + -ity]
up′pi•ty•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.uppity - presumptuously arrogantuppity - presumptuously arrogant; "had a witty but overweening manner"; "no idea how overweening he would be"- S.V.Benet; "getting a little uppity and needed to be slapped down"- NY Times
immodest - having or showing an exaggerated opinion of your importance, ability, etc; "brash immodest boasting"

uppity

adjective (Informal) conceited, cocky, swanky (informal), self-important, overweening, bumptious, bigheaded (informal), on your high horse (informal), uppish (Brit. informal), full of yourself, too big for your boots or breeches (informal) She wasn't uppity or big-headed; she was so natural and relaxed.

uppity

adjective
1. Informal. Characteristic of or resembling a snob:
Translations

uppity

[ˈʌpɪti] adjprétentieux/euse
to be uppity → ne pas se prendre pour n'importe qui

uppity

adj (inf: = arrogant) → hochnäsig (inf), → hochmütig; woman alsoschnippisch; to get uppity with somebodyjdm gegenüber frech or anmaßend werden, jdm frech kommen

uppity

[ˈʌpɪtɪ] (fam) adj
a. (hard to control) to get uppityalzare la cresta
b. = uppish
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First there was the ludicrous business of world-famous feminist and writer Germaine Greer being 'banned' from delivering a lecture following a petition by an uppity Students' Union women's officer at Cardiff University, who disliked her views on transgender people.
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SIR - I was under the impression that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had been stationed on Anglesey to stop us Taffs from becoming as uppity as the Scots and keep us true blue Brits.