adjective Informal.

  1. affecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; haughty; snobbish.
  2. rebelliously self-assertive; not inclined to be tractable or deferential.

adjective informal

  1. not yielding easily to persuasion or control
  2. another word for uppish

adj.1880, from up + -ity; originally used by blacks of other blacks felt to be too self-assertive (first recorded use is in “Uncle Remus”). The parallel British variant uppish (1670s) originally meant “lavish;” the sense of “conceited, arrogant” being first recorded 1734.

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