Definition of uppity adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈʌpəti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌpəti//
(old-fashioned, informal)
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behaving as if you are more important than you really are, especially when this means that you refuse to obey orders Word Originlate 19th cent.: a fanciful formation from up.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: uppity