- inclined to be haughty, arrogant, snobbish, etc.
- behaving in a way regarded as above one's rightful station or class: a dismissive or disparaging term
- 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 )
- 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 )
Origin of uppityFrom up
- up′pi·ti·ness up′pi·ty·ness
(comparative uppitier, superlative uppitiest)
Fanciful extension of up.