What does upset mean?

Definitions for upset
ʌpˈsɛt; ˈʌpˌsɛtup·set

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word upset.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. disturbance, perturbation, upsetnoun

    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, overthrownoun

    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, upsetnoun

    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, swagenoun

    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, turnovernoun

    the act of upsetting something

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

  6. overturn, upsetadjective

    an improbable and unexpected victory

    "the biggest upset since David beat Goliath"

  7. disquieted, distressed, disturbed, upset, worriedadjective

    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, upsetadjective

    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)adjective

    used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win

    "the Bills' upset victory over the Houston Oilers"

  10. upsetadjective

    mildly physically distressed

    "an upset stomach"

  11. overturned, upset, upturnedverb

    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. upsetverb

    disturb the balance or stability of

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

  13. upset, discompose, untune, disconcert, discomfitverb

    cause to lose one's composure

  14. disturb, upset, troubleverb

    move deeply

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

  15. overturn, tip over, turn over, upset, knock over, bowl over, tump oververb

    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, upsetverb

    form metals with a swage

  17. upsetverb

    defeat suddenly and unexpectedly

    "The foreign team upset the local team"

Wiktionary

  1. upsetnoun

    Disturbance or disruption.

    My late arrival caused the professor considerable upset.

  2. upsetnoun

    An unexpected victory of a competitor that was not favored.

  3. upsetnoun

    An overturn.

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

  4. upsetnoun

    An upset stomach.

  5. upsetnoun

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

  6. upsetverb

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

    I'm sure the bad news will upset him, but he needs to know.

  7. upsetverb

    To disturb, disrupt or adversely alter (something).

  8. upsetverb

    To tip or overturn (something).

  9. upsetverb

    To defeat unexpectedly.

    Truman upset Dewey in the 1948 US presidential election.

  10. upsetadjective

    Angry, distressed or unhappy.

  11. upsetadjective

    Feeling unwell, nauseated, or ready to vomit.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Upsetverb

    to set up; to put upright

  2. Upsetverb

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

  3. Upsetverb

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

  4. Upsetverb

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

  5. Upsetverb

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

  6. Upsetverb

    to become upset

  7. Upsetadjective

    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. Upsetnoun

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

Freebase

  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.”

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Upset

    up-set′, v.t. to turn upside down: to overthrow.—v.i. to be upset.—n. Up′set, an overturn.—adj. relating to what is set up for sale, in phrase Upset price, the sum at which anything is started at a public sale.—ns. Upset′ment; Upset′ter.—adj. Upset′ting discomposing: (Scot.) conceited, assuming.

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 for upset »

  1. setup

  2. set up

  3. stupe

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of upset in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of upset in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of upset in a Sentence

  1. Eva Schloss:

    I remember how upset the world was when the Berlin Wall was erected in 1961, and now everybody is building walls again to keep people out. It's absurd.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    Hillary Clinton talked about a' vast right wing conspiracy.' Hillary Clinton even went to Capitol Hill and told the Democratic caucus that Hillary Clinton was upset about what Hillary Clinton husband had done in his personal life, but that they needed to get behind him so that he could accomplish Democratic policies.

  3. Stanley Ducharme:

    Some people can handle pressure and crises in their life and stay calm and loving, other people sort of fall apart—they get frustrated and upset and need to blame someone.

  4. Pam Peeke:

    If your body no longer takes in high volumes of fat or sugar, then one day out of the blue you dump a load of fat and sugar in your body, physiologically your gastrointestinal tract will react, your gut enzymes as well as bile have to go into overdrive, as they have been quiescent. This is a hardship on the body and trust me, you'll pay for it with diarrhea, upset stomach, and bloating.

  5. Zakir Naik:

    It was never my intention to upset any individual or community, it is against the basic tenets of Islam, and I would like to convey my heartfelt apologies for this misunderstanding.

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Translations for upset

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  • omkrap, versteur, omgekrap, ontstel, ontsteldAfrikaans
  • أغضبArabic
  • trasbalsat, disgustat, molestCatalan, Valencian
  • rozrušenýCzech
  • oprørtDanish
  • umwerfen, umschlagen, umkehren, kentern, auf den Kopf stellen, ärgern, aufregen, umstoßen, stürzen, umkippen, umdrehen, verärgertGerman
  • molesto, enfadado, trastornado, perturbadoSpanish
  • yllätysvoitto, kaatuminen, sekoittaa, järkyttää, sekaisin, kaataa, järkyttynyt, poissa tolaltaan, tuohtunut, pahoillaan, häiriö, vatsavaiva, hermostuttaa, saada pois tolaltaanFinnish
  • fâché, dérangé, bouleversé, bouleverser, renverser, contrarié, énerver, remué, perturbéFrench
  • meath-thinneasIrish
  • tro-chèile, buairScottish Gaelic
  • परेशानHindi
  • meglepetésgyőzelem, gyomorrontás, zavarHungarian
  • innervosire, turbare, rovesciare, turbamento, sorpresa, sconvolgere, angosciare, capovolgere, ribaltareItalian
  • くよくよ, 引っ繰り返すJapanese
  • განაწყენებული, გაბრაზებულიGeorgian
  • porohuriMāori
  • verontrusten, verstoren, van streek, overstuur, van zijn stuk brengen, verwarren, geschokt, omstoten, verstoring, verwarring, ontdaan, overstuur makenDutch
  • rozstrojony, zmartwienie, zaniepokojony, psuć, niepokoićPolish
  • desgosto, desarranjar, capotar, triste, surpresa, perturbar, chateadoPortuguese
  • deranja, da peste cap, răsturna, supărat, deranjare, capotare, deranjat, discomfort, necăji, perturba, grețos, supărare, greață, tulbura, supăraRomanian
  • огорчить, сердить, расстраивать, расстроить, огорчать, расстроенный, рассердить, огорчённыйRussian
  • orolig, upprördSwedish
  • อารมณ์เสียThai
  • засмученийUkrainian
  • پریشانUrdu
  • tứcVietnamese
  • 沮喪的Chinese

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