Definitions for upstairsˈʌpˈstɛərz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

up•stairsˈʌpˈstɛərz(adv.; adj.; n.)(pl.)-stairs.

  1. (adv.)up the stairs; to or on an upper floor.

  2. to or at a higher level of authority.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. Mil. Slang. to or at a higher level in the air.

    Category: Military

  4. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or situated on an upper floor:

    an upstairs apartment.

  5. (n.)(usu. with a sing. v.) an upper story or stories; the part of a building or house that is above the ground floor.

Idioms for upstairs:

  1. kick upstairs, to promote to a higher but less influential position.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of upstairs:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. upstairs(adj)

    the part of a building above the ground floor

    "no one was allowed to see the upstairs"

  2. upstairs, upstair(adverb)

    on or of upper floors of a building

    "the upstairs maid"; "an upstairs room"

  3. upstairs, up the stairs, on a higher floor(adverb)

    on a floor above

    "they lived upstairs"

  4. upstairs(adverb)

    with respect to the mind

    "she's a bit weak upstairs"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. upstairs(adverb)ˈʌpˈstɛərz

    ≠ downstairs

    I'm going upstairs.; the family who lives upstairs; an upstairs room

  2. upstairs(noun)ˈʌpˈstɛərz

    the upper floor or floors of a house

    The upstairs is all painted white.


  1. upstairs(Adverb)

    Up the stairs; on a higher floor or level.

  2. upstairs(Adverb)

    In the brain.

    After Joe did a hula dance on the kitchen table, his friends wondered if he didn't have a lot going on upstairs.

  3. upstairs(Adjective)

    located higher up a building.

    They can sleep in the upstairs bedroom.

  4. upstairs(Adjective)

    a pitched ball that is high, and usually outside the strike zone

    That fastball was upstairs for a ball.

  5. Origin: From up + stair + -s

Webster Dictionary

  1. Upstairs(adverb)

    up the stairs; in or toward an upper story

  2. Upstairs(adj)

    being above stairs; as, an upstairs room


  1. Upstairs

    Clean is the third studio album by the Contemporary worship duo Shane & Shane. The album was released on May 18, 2004 by Inpop Records label, and the producers on the effort is Will Hunt and Shane & Shane.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'upstairs' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4599

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'upstairs' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1165

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'upstairs' in Adverbs Frequency: #265

Translations for upstairs

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


on or to an upper floor

His room is upstairs; She went upstairs to her bedroom.

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