Upset vs Pushy - What's the difference?

upset | pushy |

As adjectives the difference between upset and pushy

is that upset is (of a person) angry, distressed or unhappy while pushy is aggressively ambitious; overly assertive, bold or determined.

As a noun upset

is (uncountable) disturbance or disruption.

As a verb upset

is to make (a person) angry, distressed, or unhappy.




(en adjective)
  • (of a person) Angry, distressed or unhappy.
  • He was upset when she refused his friendship.
    My children often get upset with their classmates.
  • Feeling unwell, nauseated, or ready to vomit.
  • His stomach was upset , so he didn't want to move.


    * See'' angry, distressed ''and unhappy ** in a tizzy

    Derived terms

    * upset price


  • (uncountable) Disturbance or disruption.
  • My late arrival caused the professor considerable upset .
  • (countable, sports) An unexpected victory of a competitor that was not favored.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 8 , author=Paul Fletcher , title=Stevenage 3 - 1 Newcastle , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=But it is probably the biggest upset for the away side since Ronnie Radford smashed a famous goal as Hereford defeated Newcastle 2-1 in 1972.}}
  • (automobile insurance) An overturn.
  • "collision and upset ": impact with another object or an overturn for whatever reason.
  • An stomach.
  • * 1958 May 12, advertisement, Life , volume 44, number 19, page 110 []:
  • "Bob, let's cancel the babysitter. With this upset stomach, I can't go out tonight.
    "Try Pepto-Bismol. Hospital tests prove it relieves upsets . And it's great for indigestion or nausea, too!"
  • (mathematics) An upper set; a subset (X,?) of a partially ordered set with the property that, if x is in U and x?y, then y is in U.
  • Synonyms

    * (sense) disruption, disturbance * (unexpected victory of a competitor)


  • To make (a person) angry, distressed, or unhappy.
  • I’m sure the bad news will upset him, but he needs to know.
  • To disturb, disrupt or adversely alter (something).
  • Introducing a foreign species can upset the ecological balance.
    The fatty meat upset his stomach.
  • To tip or overturn (something).
  • * 1924 , W. D. Ross translator, , Book 1, Part 9, The Classical Library, Nashotah, Wisconsin, 2001.
  • But this argument, which first Anaxagoras and later Eudoxus and certain others used, is very easily upset ; for it is not difficult to collect many insuperable objections to such a view.
  • To defeat unexpectedly.
  • ''Truman upset Dewey in the 1948 US presidential election.
  • To be upset or knocked over.
  • The carriage upset when the horse bolted.
  • (obsolete) To set up; to put upright.
  • * R. of Brunne
  • with sail on mast upset
  • To thicken and shorten, as a heated piece of iron, by hammering on the end.
  • To shorten (a tire) in the process of resetting, originally by cutting it and hammering on the ends.
  • Synonyms

    * (make (a person) angry, distressed or unhappy''): ''See'' anger, distress ''and sadden * disrupt, disturb, turn upside down * (sense) invert, overturn, tip, tip over, tip up, turn over, turn upside down

    Derived terms

    * upset the applecart * upset the natives




  • Aggressively ambitious; overly assertive, bold or determined.
  • Parents are ruining school sports days by being pushy and overbearing, a survey suggests. BBC