(adjective) used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win; “the Bills’ upset victory over the Houston Oilers”

broken, confused, disordered, upset

(adjective) thrown into a state of disarray or confusion; “troops fleeing in broken ranks”; “a confused mass of papers on the desk”; “the small disordered room”; “with everything so upset”

disquieted, distressed, disturbed, upset, worried

(adjective) afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief; “too upset to say anything”; “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”

overturned, upset, upturned

(adjective) having been turned so that the bottom is no longer the bottom; “an overturned car”; “the upset pitcher of milk”; “sat on an upturned bucket”


(adjective) mildly physically distressed; “an upset stomach”

overturn, upset

(noun) an improbable and unexpected victory; “the biggest upset since David beat Goliath”

upset, overturn, turnover

(noun) the act of upsetting something; “he was badly bruised by the upset of his sled at a high speed”

upset, derangement, overthrow

(noun) the act of disturbing the mind or body; “his carelessness could have caused an ecological upset”; “she was unprepared for this sudden overthrow of their normal way of living”

upset, swage

(noun) a tool used to thicken or spread metal (the end of a bar or a rivet etc.) by forging or hammering or swaging

disorder, upset

(noun) a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning; “the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder”; “everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time”

disturbance, perturbation, upset

(noun) an unhappy and worried mental state; “there was too much anger and disturbance”; “she didn’t realize the upset she caused me”


(verb) disturb the balance or stability of; “The hostile talks upset the peaceful relations between the two countries”


(verb) defeat suddenly and unexpectedly; “The foreign team upset the local team”

swage, upset

(verb) form metals with a swage

disturb, upset, trouble

(verb) move deeply; “This book upset me”; “A troubling thought”

upset, discompose, untune, disconcert, discomfit

(verb) cause to lose one’s composure

overturn, tip over, turn over, upset, knock over, bowl over, tump over

(verb) cause to overturn from an upright or normal position; “The cat knocked over the flower vase”; “the clumsy customer turned over the vase”; “he tumped over his beer”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



upset (comparative more upset, superlative most upset)

(of a person) Angry, distressed, or unhappy.

(of a stomach or gastrointestinal tract, referred to as stomach) Feeling unwell, nauseated, or ready to vomit.


• (angry, distressed, unhappy): See angry, distressed and unhappy

in a tizzy


upset (countable and uncountable, plural upsets)

(uncountable) Disturbance or disruption.

(countable, sports, politics) An unexpected victory of a competitor or candidate that was not favored to win.

(automobile insurance) An overturn.

An upset stomach.

(mathematics) An upper set; a subset (X,≤) of a partially ordered set with the property that, if x is in U and x≤y, then y is in U.

(aviation) The dangerous situation where the flight attitude or airspeed of an aircraft is outside the designed bounds of operation, possibly resulting in loss of control.


• (disturbance, disruption): disruption, disturbance

• (unexpected victory of a competitor)


upset (third-person singular simple present upsets, present participle upsetting, simple past and past participle upset)

(transitive) To make (a person) angry, distressed, or unhappy.

(transitive) To disturb, disrupt or adversely alter (something).

(transitive) To tip or overturn (something).

(transitive) To defeat unexpectedly.

(intransitive) To be upset or knocked over.

(obsolete) To set up; to put upright.

• R. of Brunne

To thicken and shorten, as a heated piece of iron, by hammering on the end.

To shorten (a tire) in the process of resetting, originally by cutting it and hammering on the ends.


• (make someone angry, distressed or unhappy): See anger, distress, forset, and sadden

• (disturb, disrupt, adversely alter): disrupt, disturb, forset, turn upside down

• (tip, overturn): invert, overturn, forset, tip, tip over, tip up, turn over, turn upside down


• TUPEs, puets, set up, set-up, setup, spute, stupe

Source: Wiktionary

Up*set", v. t.

1. To set up; to put upright. [Obs.] "With sail on mast upset." R. of Brunne.

2. (a) To thicken and shorten, as a heated piece of iron, by hammering on the end. (b) To shorten (a tire) in the process of resetting, originally by cutting it and hammering on the ends.

3. To overturn, overthrow, or overset; as, to upset a carriage; to upset an argument. "Determined somehow to upset the situation." Mrs. Humphry Ward.

4. To disturb the self-possession of; to disorder the nerves of; to make ill; as, the fright upset her. [Colloq.]

Up*set", v. i.

Definition: To become upset.

Up"set`, a.

Definition: Set up; fixed; determined; -- used chiefly or only in the phrase upset price; that is, the price fixed upon as the minimum for property offered in a public sale, or, in an auction, the price at which property is set up or started by the auctioneer, and the lowest price at which it will be sold. After a solemn pause, Mr. Glossin offered the upset price for the lands and barony of Ellangowan. Sir W. Scott.

Up"set`, n.

Definition: The act of upsetting, or the state of being upset; an overturn; as, the wagon had an upset.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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