(noun, adjective, verb)


1. afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief

- too upset to say anything

Similar word(s): troubled, disquieted, distressed, disturbed, worried

2. thrown into a state of disarray or confusion

- with everything so upset

Similar word(s): disorganised, disorganized, broken, confused, disordered

3. used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win

- the Bills' upset victory over the Houston Oilers

Similar word(s): unexpected

4. mildly physically distressed

- an upset stomach

Similar word(s): ill, sick

5. having been turned so that the bottom is no longer the bottom

- the upset pitcher of milk

Similar word(s): turned, overturned, upturned

Sentences with upset as an adjective:

- He was upset when she refused his friendship.

- My children often get upset with their classmates.

- His stomach was upset, so he didn't want to move.


1. an unhappy and worried mental state

- she didn't realize the upset she caused me

Similar word(s): disturbance, perturbation

Definition categories: state, agitation

2. the act of disturbing the mind or body

- his carelessness could have caused an ecological upset

Similar word(s): derangement, overthrow

Definition categories: act, disturbance

3. a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning

- everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time

Similar word(s): disorder

Definition categories: state

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

Similar word(s): swage

Definition categories: man–made, tool

5. the act of upsetting something

- he was badly bruised by the upset of his sled at a high speed

Similar word(s): overturn, turnover

Definition categories: act, inversion, upending

6. an improbable and unexpected victory

- the biggest upset since David beat Goliath

Similar word(s): overturn

Definition categories: act, success

Sentences with upset as a noun:

- My late arrival caused the professor considerable upset.

- "collision and upset": impact with another object or an overturn for whatever reason.


1. disturb the balance or stability of

- The hostile talks upset the peaceful relations between the two countries

Definition categories: change, disturb, touch

2. cause to lose one's composure

Similar word(s): discomfit, discompose, disconcert, untune

Definition categories: emotion, arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise

3. move deeply

- This book upset me

Similar word(s): disturb, trouble

Definition categories: emotion, affect, impress, move, strike

4. cause to overturn from an upright or normal position

Similar word(s): overturn

Definition categories: motion, displace, move

5. form metals with a swage

Similar word(s): swage

Definition categories: contact, forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work

6. defeat suddenly and unexpectedly

- The foreign team upset the local team

Definition categories: competition, defeat, overcome

Sentences with upset as a verb:

- I’m sure the bad news will upset him, but he needs to know.

- Introducing a foreign species can upset the ecological balance.

- The fatty meat upset his stomach.

- Truman upset Dewey in the 1948 US presidential election.

- The carriage upset when the horse bolted.