Definitions for upsetʌpˈsɛt; ˈʌpˌsɛt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

up•setʌpˈsɛt; ˈʌpˌsɛt(v., adj.; n.; v.; adj.)-set, -set•ting

  1. (v.t.)to overturn:

    to upset a glass of milk.

  2. to disturb mentally or emotionally; distress:

    The accident upset her.

  3. to disturb completely; throw into disorder:

    to upset a plan.

  4. to disturb physically.

    Category: Pathology

  5. to defeat (an opponent that is favored), as in politics or sports.

  6. (v.i.)to become upset or overturned.

  7. (n.)an upsetting or instance of being upset; overturn; overthrow.

  8. the unexpected defeat of an opponent that is favored.

  9. a nervous, irritable state of mind.

  10. a disturbance or disorder.

  11. (adj.)overturned.

  12. disordered; disorganized.

  13. distressed; disturbed.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disturbance, perturbation, upset(noun)

    an unhappy and worried mental state

    "there was too much anger and disturbance"; "she didn't realize the upset she caused me"

  2. upset, derangement, overthrow(noun)

    the act of disturbing the mind or body

    "his carelessness could have caused an ecological upset"; "she was unprepared for this sudden overthrow of their normal way of living"

  3. disorder, upset(noun)

    a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning

    "the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder"; "everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time"

  4. upset, swage(noun)

    a tool used to thicken or spread metal (the end of a bar or a rivet etc.) by forging or hammering or swaging

  5. upset, overturn, turnover(noun)

    the act of upsetting something

    "he was badly bruised by the upset of his sled at a high speed"

  6. overturn, upset(adj)

    an improbable and unexpected victory

    "the biggest upset since David beat Goliath"

  7. disquieted, distressed, disturbed, upset, worried(adj)

    afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief

    "too upset to say anything"; "spent many disquieted moments"; "distressed about her son's leaving home"; "lapsed into disturbed sleep"; "worried parents"; "a worried frown"; "one last worried check of the sleeping children"

  8. broken, confused, disordered, upset(adj)

    thrown into a state of disarray or confusion

    "troops fleeing in broken ranks"; "a confused mass of papers on the desk"; "the small disordered room"; "with everything so upset"

  9. upset(a)(adj)

    used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win

    "the Bills' upset victory over the Houston Oilers"

  10. upset(adj)

    mildly physically distressed

    "an upset stomach"

  11. overturned, upset, upturned(verb)

    having been turned so that the bottom is no longer the bottom

    "an overturned car"; "the upset pitcher of milk"; "sat on an upturned bucket"

  12. upset(verb)

    disturb the balance or stability of

    "The hostile talks upset the peaceful relations between the two countries"

  13. upset, discompose, untune, disconcert, discomfit(verb)

    cause to lose one's composure

  14. disturb, upset, trouble(verb)

    move deeply

    "This book upset me"; "A troubling thought"

  15. overturn, tip over, turn over, upset, knock over, bowl over, tump over(verb)

    cause to overturn from an upright or normal position

    "The cat knocked over the flower vase"; "the clumsy customer turned over the vase"; "he tumped over his beer"

  16. swage, upset(verb)

    form metals with a swage

  17. upset(verb)

    defeat suddenly and unexpectedly

    "The foreign team upset the local team"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. upset(verb)ʌpˈsɛt; n. ˈʌpˌsɛt

    to make sb feel sad or disappointed

    It upset me that you didn't apologize.; It upsets people to watch animals dying on TV.

  2. upsetʌpˈsɛt; n. ˈʌpˌsɛt

    to make your stomach feel sick

    Drinking all the soda upset his stomach.

  3. upset(adjective)ʌpˈsɛt; n. ˈʌpˌsɛt

    sad or disappointed

    After they spoke, she looked very upset.; We are upset that nobody is listening.

  4. upsetʌpˈsɛt; n. ˈʌpˌsɛt

    the feeling of being sick in your stomach

    The boy went home with an upset stomach.

  5. upset(noun)ʌpˈsɛt; n. ˈʌpˌsɛt

    a game in which the weaker team or player wins

    a surprising upset in the world of tennis


  1. upset(Noun)

    Disturbance or disruption.

    My late arrival caused the professor considerable upset.

  2. upset(Noun)

    An unexpected victory of a competitor that was not favored.

  3. upset(Noun)

    An overturn.

    "collision and upset": impact with another object or an overturn for whatever reason.

  4. upset(Noun)

    An upset stomach.

  5. upset(Noun)

    An upper set; a subset (X,u2264) of a partially ordered set with the property that, if x is in U and xu2264y, then y is in U.

  6. upset(Verb)

    To make (a person) angry, distressed, or unhappy.

    Iu2019m sure the bad news will upset him, but he needs to know.

  7. upset(Verb)

    To disturb, disrupt or adversely alter (something).

  8. upset(Verb)

    To tip or overturn (something).

  9. upset(Verb)

    To defeat unexpectedly.

    Truman upset Dewey in the 1948 US presidential election.

  10. upset(Adjective)

    Angry, distressed or unhappy.

  11. upset(Adjective)

    Feeling unwell, nauseated, or ready to vomit.

    His stomach was upset, so he didn't want to move.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Upset(verb)

    to set up; to put upright

  2. Upset(verb)

    to thicken and shorten, as a heated piece of iron, by hammering on the end

  3. Upset(verb)

    to shorten (a tire) in the process of resetting, originally by cutting it and hammering on the ends

  4. Upset(verb)

    to overturn, overthrow, or overset; as, to upset a carriage; to upset an argument

  5. Upset(verb)

    to disturb the self-possession of; to disorder the nerves of; to make ill; as, the fright upset her

  6. Upset(verb)

    to become upset

  7. Upset(adj)

    set up; fixed; determined; -- used chiefly or only in the phrase upset price; that is, the price fixed upon as the minimum for property offered in a public sale, or, in an auction, the price at which property is set up or started by the auctioneer, and the lowest price at which it will be sold

  8. Upset(noun)

    the act of upsetting, or the state of being upset; an overturn; as, the wagon had an upset


  1. Upset

    An upset occurs in a competition, frequently in electoral politics or sports, when the party popularly expected to win, is defeated by an underdog whom the majority expects to lose, defying the conventional wisdom. The underdog then becomes a giant-killer. The meaning of the word has sometimes been erroneously attributed to the surprising defeat of the horse Man o' War by the horse Upset; in fact, the term pre-dates that 1919 race by at least several decades. In its sports coverage immediately following Upset's victory, the Washington Post wrote, “One might make all sorts of puns about it being an upset.”

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'upset' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2913

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'upset' in Verbs Frequency: #806

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'upset' in Adjectives Frequency: #675

Anagrams of upset

  1. stupe

  2. setup, set up

  3. Set up

  4. Setup

Translations for upset

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to overturn

He upset a glass of wine over the table.

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