Definition of


  1. (noun, act) an improbable and unexpected victory
  2. (noun, act) the act of upsetting something
  3. (noun, act) the act of disturbing the mind or body
    she was unprepared for this sudden overthrow of their normal way of living
  4. (noun, artifact) a tool used to thicken or spread metal (the end of a bar or a rivet etc.) by forging or hammering or swaging
  5. (noun, state) a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning
    everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time
  6. (noun, state) an unhappy and worried mental state
    she didn't realize the upset she caused me
  7. (verb, change) disturb the balance or stability of
  8. (verb, competition) defeat suddenly and unexpectedly
  9. (verb, contact) form metals with a swage
  10. (verb, emotion) move deeply
    A troubling thought
  11. (verb, emotion) cause to lose one's composure
  12. (verb, motion) cause to overturn from an upright or normal position
    the clumsy customer turned over the vase
    he tumped over his beer
  13. (adj, all) used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win
  14. (adj, all) thrown into a state of disarray or confusion
    a confused mass of papers on the desk
    the small disordered room
    with everything so upset
  15. (adj, all) afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief
    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
  16. (adj, all) having been turned so that the bottom is no longer the bottom
    the upset pitcher of milk
    sat on an upturned bucket
  17. (adj, all) mildly physically distressed

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Alternate forms of Upset

Derivations: upset, upsetter

Hyponyms: abash, abocclusion, abruptio placentae, achlorhydria, acholia, achylia, achylia gastrica, acute brain disorder, acute organic brain syndrome, adenosis, afflict, agitate, ailment, anguish, bemuse, bewilder, bladder disorder, cardiovascular disease, cark, celiac disease, charge, charge up, cheilosis, choking, cholestasis, colpoxerosis, commove, complaint, defect of speech, degenerative disorder, discombobulate, disorder, disquiet, dissolve, distract, distress, disturbance, dysaphia, dysosmia, dysphagia, dysuria, eating disorder, embarrass, enervate, excite, failure, fantods, faze, folie, functional disorder, gland disease, glandular disease, glandular disorder, haematocolpometra, haematocolpos, hematocolpometra, hematocolpos, hurt, hydrocele, hyperactivity, idiopathic disease, idiopathic disorder, idiopathy, ill, immunological disorder, impacted tooth, impaction, jolt, learning disability, learning disorder, malocclusion, mental disorder, mental disturbance, metabolic disorder, nervous disorder, neurological disease, neurological disorder, olfactory impairment, organic disorder, pain, parosamia, perleche, perturb, psilosis, psychological disorder, rouse, sleep disorder, speech defect, speech disorder, sprue, strangulation, throw, tropical sprue, trouble, turn on, unhinge, unnerve, unsettle

Hypernyms: affect, agitation, arouse, defeat, displace, disturb, disturbance, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, forge, form, get the better of, impress, inversion, kindle, mold, mould, move, overcome, physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state, provoke, raise, shape, strike, success, tool, touch, upending, work

Origin of the word Upset

  1. c.1440, "to set up, fix," from up + set (v.). Cf. M.Du. opsetten, Ger. aufsetzen. Modern sense of "overturn, capsize" (1803) is that of obsolete overset. Meaning "to throw into mental discomposure" is from 1805. The noun sense of "overturning of a vehicle or boat" is recorded from 1804. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Upset

ubiquity, upcast, upshot, upside, upstate

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