Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Yuppie'
n : a young upwardly mobile professional person; someone under
40 who prospered during the 1980s
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Yuppie'
Yuppie (short for "young urban professional" or "young upwardly-mobile professional")
Yuppies are made fun of for their conspicuous personal consumption and obsession over social status among their peers, which is seen as vain and materialistic. Cornell University economist Robert H. Frank, author of Luxury Fever, has remarked, "When people were denouncing yuppies, they had considerably lower incomes than yuppies, so the things yuppies spent their money on seemed frivolous and unnecessary from their vantage point."
Author and political commentator Victor Davis Hanson has written:
A contradictory stereotype exists about yuppies are either more liberal than the blue-collar or more conservative than the urban poor. Yuppies greatly influenced both the Democratic and Republican parties, they usually register with a political party en masse when it is considered in style to affiliate with a certain political party (i.e. Republicans in the mid 1980's or late 1990s and Democrats in the early 1990s or late 2000s) and whichever president is successful in instituting economic policies, like Ronald Reagan in the 1980s and Bill Clinton in the 1990s, that benefited the yuppie and upper-middle class.[See more about Yuppie at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]