This baby is very upset.
- Upset means disturbed or sad.
An example of upset is a person who has just learned that she did not get into her top choice school.
- The definition of an upset is an unexpected victory.
An example of upset is an underdog team winning over the champions.
- Upset is defined as to disturb physically, mentally or emotionally.
- An example of upset is to make someone cry.
- An example of upset is to tip over a glass.
transitive verb-·set′, -·set′ting
- Obs. to set up; erect
- to tip over; overturn: to upset a vase
- to overthrow or defeat unexpectedly
- to disturb the functioning, fulfillment, or completion of: to upset a busy schedule
- to disturb mentally or emotionally: upset by bad news
- to disturb physically; make sick: to upset the stomach
- to shorten and thicken (a red-hot iron) by beating on the end
- to shorten (a metal tire) in the process of resetting it
Origin of upsetMiddle English upsetten: see up and set
- an upsetting or being upset; specif.,
- a tipping over, knocking over, etc.
- an unexpected victory or defeat
- a disturbance or disorder, specif. of an emotional or physical nature
- a swage used for upsetting
- an upset piece or part
- Rare set up; erected
- tipped over; overturned
- disturbed or disordered
transitive verbup·set, up·set·ting, up·sets
- To cause to overturn; knock or tip over: upset the flowerpot.
- a. To disturb the functioning, order, or course of: Protesters upset the meeting by chanting and shouting. See Synonyms at overthrow.b. To cause (the stomach) to feel ill.
- To distress or perturb mentally or emotionally: The bad news upset me.
- To defeat unexpectedly (an opponent favored to win).
- To make (a heated metal bolt, for example) shorter and thicker by hammering on the end.
- The act of upsetting or the condition of being upset: the upset of the vase.
- a. A disturbance, disorder, or state of agitation: an upset of my routine.b. A condition of indigestion: a remedy for stomach upset.
- A game, contest, or election in which the favorite is defeated.
- a. A tool used for upsetting; a swage.b. An upset part or piece.
- Having been overturned: an upset vase.
- Exhibiting signs and symptoms of indigestion: an upset stomach.
- In a state of emotional or mental distress; distraught: upset parents.
Origin of upsetMiddle English upsetten to set up up- up- setten to set ; see set 1.
(comparative more upset, superlative most upset)
(countable and uncountable, plural upsets)
- (uncountable) Disturbance or disruption.
- My late arrival caused the professor considerable upset.
- (countable, sports) An unexpected victory of a competitor that was not favored.
- (automobile insurance) An overturn.
- "collision and upset": impact with another object or an overturn for whatever reason.
- An upset stomach.
- (mathematics) An upper set; a subset (X,â‰¤) of a partially ordered set with the property that, if x is in U and xâ‰¤y, then y is in U.
(third-person singular simple present upsets, present participle upsetting, simple past and past participle upset)
- To make (a person) angry, distressed, or unhappy.
- I'm sure the bad news will upset him, but he needs to know.
- To disturb, disrupt or adversely alter (something).
- Introducing a foreign species can upset the ecological balance.
- The fatty meat upset his stomach.
- To tip or overturn (something).
- To defeat unexpectedly.
- Truman upset Dewey in the 1948 US presidential election.
- (intransitive) To be upset or knocked over.
- The carriage upset when the horse bolted.
- To thicken and shorten, as a heated piece of iron, by hammering on the end.
- To shorten (a tire) in the process of resetting, originally by cutting it and hammering on the ends.