Definitions

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

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

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  • n. a young upwardly mobile urban professional person with an affluent lifestyle

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an ambitious young adult, usually college-educated, living in or near a large city, with a professional career and an affluent lifestyle. The "u" in the word is sometimes interpreted as meaning “upwardly mobile”.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a young upwardly mobile professional individual; a well-paid middle-class professional who works in a city and has a luxurious life style

Etymologies

y(oung) u(rban) p(rofessional), influenced by yippie.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It was 1971, well before the word yuppie had been coined, or wide acceptance of the principle that monetary success and value were synonyms.

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  • The term yuppie (short for "young urban professional" or "young upwardly-mobile professional") refers to an 1980s and early 1990s term for financially secure, upper-middle class young people in their 20s and early 30s.

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  • It saw rapid expansion as the niche became - in yuppie fashion - mainstream.

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  • Guber, the quintessential New Age yuppie, is seen heading off his divorce because it would cost him too much, and participating in hand-holding group therapy sessions with business partner Peters.

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  • Get ride of the entitled yuppie scum & self important egotists … Gilbert, where the buck are you from, california? new york? jeeze …

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  • Anyway, still reeling from this encounter, I entered a popular "yuppie"-themed grocery store in order to secure provisions for my wife and infant son, who my ruthless publisher Chronicle are forcing me to leave behind:

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  • The hollow 1980s yuppie is now the country’s worst nightmare — a remorseless serial killer who kills for fun.

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  • Her overbearingly entitled yuppie brother, Beau (Craig Wallace), clumsily pitches a tent near Johnnie's with girlfriend-of-the-moment Shavondra (Fatima Quander), a clotheshorse who would flee nature faster than you can say "American Express."

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  • And that bothered me, because it almost made me seem like what once would have been called a yuppie, but I guessed I could have been called, mixing centuries and descriptions, a Calvinistic flash.

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  • Mr. Towers finds it unusual that a yuppie should be a former English major in Columbia and that I do not know how real Yuppies talk.

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