(noun, adjective)


1. pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic

Similar word(s): optimistic, cheerful, pollyannaish

Sentences with upbeat as an adjective:

- The notes are easy, but it's an upbeat tune and should be played fairly quickly.

- Though he had bad news, he ended with an upbeat forecast for the future.

- He sounded upbeat when I talked to him.


1. a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous

- the town was finally on the upbeat after our recent troubles

Similar word(s): eudaimonia, welfare

Definition categories: state, prosperity, successfulness

2. an unaccented beat (especially the last beat of a measure)

Similar word(s): offbeat

Definition categories: communication, beat, rhythm