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Adjective: uptight  úp'tIt
  1. Being in a tense state
    "uptight parents are sensitive themselves";
    - edgy, high-strung, highly strung, jittery, jumpy, nervy, overstrung, restive, squirrelly [N. Amer]
  2. Exaggeratedly proper
    "These animals are much more laid back than their uptight counterparts";
    - priggish, prim, prissy, prudish, puritanical, square-toed [archaic], straitlaced, strait-laced, straightlaced, straight-laced, tight-laced, victorian, bluenosed [US]

See also: proper, tense

Encyclopedia: Uptight, Shara Nelson