If your brother calls you a yuppie, it's not a compliment, but it does mean that he sees you as a well-paid, professional adult.

In the mid-1980's, people started using the derogatory term yuppie to talk about a particular group of middle-class, well-educated workers. Yuppies are distinguished by their disposable income and the things on which they choose to spend it, like clothes, food, and cars. Yuppie is a shortened form of "young urban professional," and its popularity won out over other acronyms of the time, "yumpie," for "young upwardly mobile professional, and "yap," for "young aspiring professional."

Definitions of yuppie

n a young upwardly mobile professional individual; a well-paid middle-class professional who works in a city and has a luxurious life style

Type of:
professional, professional person
a person engaged in one of the learned professions

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