Synonyms for (noun) upset

overturn, upset

an improbable and unexpected victory

the biggest upset since David beat Goliath


turnover, overturn, upset

the act of upsetting something

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

LESS SPECIFIC: inversion, upending

upset, derangement, overthrow

the act of disturbing the mind or body

his carelessness could have caused an ecological upset; she was unprepared for this sudden overthrow of their normal way of living

LESS SPECIFIC: disturbance

upset, swage

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


upset, disorder

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

the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder; everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time

perturbation, upset, disturbance

an unhappy and worried mental state

there was too much anger and disturbance; she didn't realize the upset she caused me

LESS SPECIFIC: agitation

Synonyms for (verb) upset


disturb the balance or stability of

The hostile talks upset the peaceful relations between the two countries

LESS SPECIFIC: touch, disturb


defeat suddenly and unexpectedly

The foreign team upset the local team

LESS SPECIFIC: overcome, defeat, get the better of

swage, upset

form metals with a swage

LESS SPECIFIC: forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work

trouble, disturb, upset

move deeply

This book upset me; A troubling thought

LESS SPECIFIC: affect, strike, move, impress

discomfit, discompose, disconcert, untune, upset

cause to lose one's composure

overturn, upset, bowl over, tump over, turn over, tip over, knock over

cause to overturn from an upright or normal position

The cat knocked over the flower vase; the clumsy customer turned over the vase; he tumped over his beer

LESS SPECIFIC: displace, move

Synonyms for (adjective) upset


used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win

the Bills' upset victory over the Houston Oilers

LESS SPECIFIC: unexpected

disordered, confused, upset, broken

thrown into a state of disarray or confusion

troops fleeing in broken ranks; a confused mass of papers on the desk; the small disordered room; with everything so upset

LESS SPECIFIC: disorganised, disorganized

distressed, disturbed, disquieted, upset, worried

afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief

too upset to say anything; spent many disquieted moments; distressed about her son's leaving home; lapsed into disturbed sleep; worried parents; a worried frown; one last worried check of the sleeping children


upset, upturned, overturned

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

an overturned car; the upset pitcher of milk; sat on an upturned bucket



mildly physically distressed

an upset stomach

LESS SPECIFIC: sick, ill