Definition of


  1. (noun, state) a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous
  2. (noun, communication) an unaccented beat (especially the last beat of a measure)
  3. (adj, all) pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Upbeat

Hyponyms: fool's paradise, health, wellness

Hypernyms: beat, musical rhythm, prosperity, rhythm, successfulness

Origin of the word Upbeat

  1. "with a positive mood," 1947, apparently from the musical noun upbeat (1869), referring to the beat of a bar at which the conductor's baton is in a raised position; the "optimistic" sense apparently for no other reason than that it sounds like a happy word (the musical upbeat is no more inherently "positive" than any other beat). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Upbeat

u-boat, ubiety, up to, up-to-date, update, uppity, upupidae

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