Definitions

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

  • n. A manner of speaking in which declarative sentences are uttered with a rising intonation as though they were questions.

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  • v. To speak with a rising intonation as though a the sentence were a question

Etymologies

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up- +‎ talk

Examples

  • Fountain, president of the National Association for Self Esteem, points to "uptalk" as a particular culprit.

    Forbes.com: News

  • Whether or not Daniel's hypothesis is correct, the recent world-wide rise in "uptalk" can't be blamed on the Vikings, at least not directly.

    Language Log

  • They uptalk as if sentences had no end or conclusion.

    John Brown: Like it or not: America's Dirty Little Secret

  • Sharon Fountain, president of the National Association for Self Esteem, points to “uptalk” as a particular culprit.

    How Low Self-Esteem Can Cost You The Job

  • Sharon Fountain, president of the National Association for Self Esteem, points to "uptalk" as a particular culprit.

    How Low Self-Esteem Can Cost You The Job

  • Mostly I think it's funny to hear all of the uptalk on these snapvine recordings.

    I want to play too!

  • Ha, I went to a talk at a linguistics conference last year where the speaker was presenting uptalk as a feature characteristic of Australian English.

    I want to play too!

  • He raised his voice to a savage, lisping Valley Girlish uptalk.

    Goodnight Nobody

  • The feed was so popular that in December the pair released three videos featuring Sheppard wearing a wig and jewelry and modulating his voice into Valley-girlish uptalk.

    News - latimes.com

  • Valley Girl uptalk, were started by young women from California.

    Mashable!

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  • Think Valley Girl talk, the dialect linguists call Southern California English.

    December 6, 2013