Etymology
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uppity (adj.)

1880, American English, from up + -ity; originally used by blacks of other blacks felt to be too self-assertive (first recorded use is in "Uncle Remus").

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Definitions of uppity

uppity (adj.)
presumptuously arrogant; "no idea how overweening he would be"- S.V.Benet; "getting a little uppity and needed to be slapped down"- NY Times;
Synonyms: overweening
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