Definitions for UPPERˈʌp ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

up•perˈʌp ər(adj.)

  1. higher, as in place, position, pitch, or in a scale:

    the upper stories of a house.

  2. superior, as in rank, dignity, or station.

  3. (of places) at a higher level, more northerly, or farther from the sea:

    upper New York State.

  4. (often cap.) denoting a later division of a geologic period, system, or the like:

    the Upper Devonian.

  5. (n.)the part of a shoe or boot above the sole, comprising the quarter, vamp, counter, and lining.

    Category: Clothing

  6. an upper berth.

  7. Usu., uppers. an upper dental plate. an upper tooth.

    Category: Dentistry

Idioms for upper:

  1. on one's uppers,Informal. poor; without means.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

Origin of upper:

1300–50; ME

up•per*ˈʌp ər(n.)

  1. a stimulant drug, esp. an amphetamine.

    Category: Pharmacology, Status (usage)

* Slang..

Princeton's WordNet

  1. upper berth, upper(noun)

    the higher of two berths

  2. upper(noun)

    piece of leather or synthetic material that forms the part of a shoe or boot above the sole that encases the foot

    "Uppers come in many styles"

  3. amphetamine, pep pill, upper, speed(adj)

    a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression

  4. upper(adj)

    the topmost one of two

  5. upper(adj)

    higher in place or position

    "the upper bunk"; "in the upper center of the picture"; "the upper stories"

  6. upper(adj)

    superior in rank or accomplishment

    "the upper half of the class"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. upper(adjective)ˈʌp ər

    ≠ lower

    the upper teeth; the upper mountain range

  2. upperˈʌp ər

    ≠ lower

    the upper part of the sculpture; a bruise on her upper thigh

  3. upperˈʌp ər

    ≠ lower

    temperatures in the upper nineties; the upper middle class


  1. upper(Noun)

    That which is higher, contrasted with the lower.

    As the restless sleeper here, I'll take the lower berth. You take the upper.

  2. upper(Noun)

    The piece of leather, etc., that forms the top part of a shoe above the sole.

  3. upper(Noun)

    A stimulant such as amphetamine that increases energy and decreases appetite.

  4. upper(Adjective)

    At a higher level, rank or position.

  5. upper(Adjective)

    Situated on higher ground, further inland, or more northerly.

  6. upper(Adjective)

    Of a later division of some period.

  7. upper(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a secondary school.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Upper

    being further up, literally or figuratively; higher in place, position, rank, dignity, or the like; superior; as, the upper lip; the upper side of a thing; the upper house of a legislature

  2. Upper(noun)

    the upper leather for a shoe; a vamp

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'UPPER' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1898

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'UPPER' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3694

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'UPPER' in Adjectives Frequency: #256

Translations for UPPER

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


higher in position, rank etc

the upper floors of the building; He has a scar on his upper lip.

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