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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.
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uppity

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

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

uppity

[ˈʌpɪti] adjprétentieux/euse
to be uppity → ne pas se prendre pour n'importe qui
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

uppity

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

[ˈʌpɪtɪ] (fam) adj
a. (hard to control) to get uppityalzare la cresta
b. = uppish
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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Fibber McGee: Hi, Uppity. Fling the frame on a chair and I'll tell you how we celebrated Father's Day in [drowned out by studio laughter].
vvMiss Uppity let down backers at a low of 1.15 when she was caught in the dying strides in the Ian Carnaby seller at Brighton.
"If I got uppity, my friends would say, 'don't be so b***dy grand"' The Duchess of Cornwall.
Beware of uppity stars IF TOTTENHAM can keep this group of players with this manager together, for the next three or four years, they will win a major trophy.
Anyway Marmite's ingredients all come from the UK, so if Unilever get uppity again we're more than capable of knocking up our own.
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.
He can preach all he wants and be all uppity and pure, but he is still a pervert and a cheat!
Yes, I know that it will cause frictions in the Conservative Party because voters in Tory seats will grow uppity.
Nor do I want you to change the word upgrade to public, upheld or uppity, thank you very much!" I am frustrated to say the least.
Media goons, uppity record execs and goofball musicians infest the city making it hard to get anywhere, much less grab a taco at your favorite Tex-Mex restaurant without waiting in line for an hour or two.
Ladies and gentlemen, we hereby announce that the first and last GALLUS prize (Going Against Limelight Loving, Uppity Spouses) is being dedicated, with gratitude, to Mrs Moira Salmond.
Easy, too, to rail and rant against MPs who misclaim generous expenses and sometimes (stand up Maria Miller and her apologogists) get rather uppity when such conduct is questioned.