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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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