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

  • n. Informal A young Black city or suburban resident with a well-paid professional job and an affluent lifestyle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. short for "black urban professional", a African American subset of the yuppie category. The group includes black professionals and executives in their late twenties and early thirties.


b(lack) + (y)uppie.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A variation of the word yuppie. (Wiktionary)



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  • I abhor words like this one.

    October 12, 2015

  • The word buppie (also buppy); meaning a black urban (or upwardly-mobile) professional; a yuppie who's black, was invented by the US media in 1984 as one of several variations on the theme of yuppie. Unlike some of the others--such as guppie, juppie (a Japanese yuppie), and puppie (a pregnant yuppie)-- this one caught on: perhaps because it identified a distinct group which was obviously rejecting its 'roots' culture in favour of the values and aspirations of a yuppie peer group. Oxford Dictionary of new words.

    March 1, 2008