• (RP) IPA: /ˈʌpə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈʌpɚ/

upper (comparative uppermore, superlative uppermost)

  1. At a higher level, rank or position.
  2. Situated on higher ground, further inland, or more northerly.
  3. (geology, of strata or geological time periods) younger, more recent
  4. (education) Of or pertaining to a secondary school.
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  • German: ober
  • Russian: ве́рхний
  • Russian: по́здний

upper (plural uppers)

  1. A stimulant, such as amphetamine, that increases energy and decreases appetite.
  2. The upper portion of something
    1. (shoemaking) The piece of leather, etc., that forms the top part of a shoe above the sole.
      • 1930, Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon (novel), New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Chapter 4, p. 52,
        The uppers of his patent-leather shoes were hidden by fawn spats.
    2. (footwear) The Y-shaped strap on flip-flops.
  3. Someone with higher social standing
    1. A senior student.
      • 1895, Edward Parry Eardley-Wilmot, E. C. Streatfield, Charterhouse, page 64 ↗
        Each Upper had his private Fag; but general fagdom consisted of obedience to the demand of every Upper, no matter in whose House he happened to be.
      • 2016, The Best of the Harvard Lampoon: 140 Years of American Humor
        It is advisable, for example, to learn the words to the school loyalty and to “Fair Harvard” in the event that you are “asked” to give an impromptu “concert” in the Yard for the benefit of the Uppers.
  4. That which is higher, contrasted with the lower.
    1. A tooth in the upper jaw.
    2. A denture or retainer for the teeth in the upper jaw.
    3. An upper berth or bunk.
  5. (Taoism) A spiritual passageway through which consciousness can reach a higher dimension.
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