AskDefine | Define upper

Dictionary Definition

upper adj
1 higher in place or position; "the upper bunk"; "in the upper center of the picture"; "the upper stories"
2 the topmost one of two
3 superior in rank or accomplishment; "the upper half of the class"


1 the higher of two berths [syn: upper berth]
2 piece of leather that forms the part of a shoe or boot above the sole
3 a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression [syn: amphetamine, pep pill, speed]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /ˈʌpə/, /"Vp@/
  • (US) /ˈʌpɚ/, /"Vp@`/
  • Rhymes: -ʌpə(r)


  1. That which is higher, contrasted with the lower.
    As the restless sleeper here, I'll take the lower berth. You take the upper.
  2. In the context of "shoemaking": The piece of leather, etc., that forms the top part of a shoe above the sole; a vamp.
  3. A stimulant such as amphetamine that increases energy and decreases appetite.


  1. At a higher level, rank or position
  2. Situated on higher ground, further inland, or more northerly.
  3. (Archaeology and Geology) of a later division of some period
  4. (Politics) In a bicameral system, the generally smaller and less representative house.
  5. (Upper school) A secundary school. For pupils aged about 14 upward


Related terms

Extensive Definition

wikt upper Upper may refer to:
  • Stimulant drugs
  • Vamp - the part of a shoe on the top of the foot
  • The top part of some other object or device (gun, etc.)
  • The more elevated, upstream, or northern part of a town, river, or other geographical feature (e.g., the Upper Peninsula of Michigan)

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