- very tense, nervous, anxious, etc.
- overly conventional or strict
A person at a party who is constantly looking around for signs of trouble, worrying about everything instead of enjoying himself, is an example of someone who would be described as uptight.
- Tense; nervous: was uptight about turning 50.
- Rigidly conventional, as in manners, opinions, and tastes: “[She] struck some as uptight or even prissy, a person so private she could be hard to read” ( Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson )
(comparative more uptight, superlative most uptight)
- (colloquial) Excessively concerned with rules and order.
- Don't be so uptight! You won't go to jail for crossing the street against the light.
- (colloquial) Sexually repressed.
- He came from a very uptight religious background, but you wouldn't know that now!
- (colloquial) Unfriendly and rude.
- (colloquial) An uptight person.
- By wearing a shirt that seeks to amuse, the wearer lets others know that he's not uptight or unapproachable.
- Along with an all-star cast that consisted of Diane Keaton, Claire Danes, Dermot Mulrooney and Luke Wilson, Sarah Jessica Parker played the role of uptight business woman Meredith Morton in the film The Family Stone.
- If your teen seems uptight or stressed, encourage him to talk about the problems he or she may be facing.
- Chances are it's not an individual stressor making you feel uptight, it's the accumulation of them.
- Speedos were regarded quite differently in Europe, South America and parts of Asia where the populace wasn't quite as uptight about the human body.