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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.


(ˈʌpɪtɪnəs) or


the quality or state of being uppity
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.uppityness - assumption of airs beyond one's stationuppityness - assumption of airs beyond one's station
effrontery, presumptuousness, presumption, assumption - audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to; "he despised them for their presumptuousness"


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