American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Informal Taking liberties or assuming airs beyond one's station; presumptuous: "was getting a little uppity and needed to be slapped down” ( New York Times).
- adj. presumptuously arrogant
- Fanciful extension of up. (Wiktionary)
- From up. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They start cursing what they call "uppity Catalans," accusing Barcelona - the capital of Catalonia - of turning the world against bullfighting.”
“So when Olbermann asks Obama to respond to an ugly use of the word uppity, Obama just laughs when we expected anger.”
“What are people actually saying when you hear the word uppity in association with Senator Barack Obama?”
“I think the word uppity was invented so they'd have something to call you.”
“We've already seen "uppity" - are we going to see some Repub drop an N-bomb before the end, with others jumping in to legitimize it as part of the political discourse?”
“As I mentioned in my pre-election article, one southern politician even called him "uppity" -- and then denied that that had a racial connotation.”
“Or called him "uppity" -- on at least two occasions.”
“As Ron Christie demonstrates in his recent book, Acting White: The Curious History of a Racial Slur, the notion that blacks who sought social, cultural or intellectual advancement were "acting white" was a slur that originated during slavery and Reconstruction as a way for whites to keep down so-called "uppity" blacks.”
“Meanwhile Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland calling the Obamas "uppity" -- a slur that is one more downed beer away from being nigger -- barely got a register out of the left.”
“And as her husband is already well into a well-funded campaign to keep his job - the country's first African-American President has become the Yankees of American politics - he does not have an asset better than his wife, who somehow is still called "uppity" by slobs in the media who laugh and say it is just a word instead of the cheap racial insult that it is.”
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