Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Michigan & Northern Wisconsin A native or inhabitant of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Etymologies

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(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A Yooper is from the Upper Peninsula, aka the U.P. Most of the banter between the two is jokingly except when it comes to political representation.

    Bart Stupak (D, MI-01) cuts and runs. | RedState

  • Sorry, but as the "Yooper" in my name would suggest, I guess I'm not impressed by any amount of snowfall that doesn't require you to shovel "down" to your roof.

    Deep Snow and Happy Trout

  • Since his first election in 1992, Stupak was one of the most conservative Democrats in the House of Representatives, a moniker encapsulated by his staunch support for gun rights -- not a surprise, since his district covered Michigan's rural upper peninsula or "Yooper," where 60 percent of households have guns (about twice the national average).

    Bart Stupak's First "Profile in Courage" Moment

  • Y'see, I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (which makes me a "Yooper", derived from UP-er), an area that I don't feel gets enough geographical respect ... unless Al Roker occasionally mentions a snowstorm there.

    tropic of leo

  • "Yooper" (a native of Michigan's Upper Peninsula) and a Southerner.

    Fort Mill Times | FortMillTime.com - HOMEPAGE

  • Yes | No | Report from DA Yooper wrote 3 weeks 4 days ago

    Joke Contest. Anybody in?

  • Yes | No | Report from DA Yooper wrote 8 weeks 3 days ago

    Joke Contest. Anybody in?

  • Yes | No | Report from DA Yooper wrote 9 weeks 9 hours ago

    Joke Contest. Anybody in?

  • In his even-keel Yooper accent, Stupak wearily told his colleagues, "This motion does not preserve life."

    Susan J. Demas: Bart Stupak: The Moderate From Michigan

  • The Yooper seniors help peel vegetables for the pasties, which were introduced to Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the 1800s by Cornish miners.

    FOOD: HOT AND TASTY, EH?

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  • Informal demonym for a person from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Derived from the pronunciation of the abbreviation "U.P."

    June 22, 2010