noun (often initial capital letter)
- a young, ambitious, and well-educated city-dweller who has a professional career and an affluent lifestyle.
noun (sometimes capital)
- an affluent young professional person
- typical of or reflecting the values characteristic of yuppies
1982, acronym from “young urban professional,” ousting competition from yumpie (1984), from “young upward-mobile professional,” and yap (1984), from “young aspiring professional.” The word was felt as an insult by 1985.