Define: Yuppie

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Definition: Yuppie

Quick Summary of Yuppie

Short for “young urban professional” or “young, upwardly-mobile professional”. Yuppie is a term coined in the early 1980’s for a young professional person working in a city.

What is the dictionary definition of Yuppie?

Dictionary Definition

Yuppie is English slang for a successful and ambitious young person, especially one from within the industries of business or finance.

The word, which is now somewhat outdated, was originally formed from the term “young, upwardly-mobile professional”.


Full Definition of Yuppie

“Yuppie” is a term coined in the early 1980s for a young professional person working in a city.

Yuppie is a slang term denoting the market segment of young urban professionals. A yuppie is often characterised by youth, affluence, as well as success in business. They are often preppy in appearance and likely to show off their success through their style and possessions.


Examples of Yuppie in a sentence

Corporate yuppie culture is invading the development world and the old guard is slowly and inexorably crumbling.
My best friend is a yuppie. He lives in a massive mansion in the centre of London and earns well over £100,000 a year.
That guy is a superficial yuppie with absolutely minimal intellect.
He used to live the high life as a inner city London yuppie but eventually decided it his calling in life was actually to work with the poor and destitute in the most disadvantaged areas of Liverpool.

Synonyms For Yuppie

preppy, materialistic, bobo, booboo, yappi

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Yuppie are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 22nd January, 2020