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Ubiety; ubication – the state of being in a particular place (contrast nullibiety )

Ubiety Ubication state of being in a particular place

Ubiquitous – present or appearing everywhere; omnipresent (of persons freq. with humorous exaggeration = ‘turning up everywhere’)

ubiquitous men appearing everywhere

ubuntu – (Nguni or Xhosa, in South Africa:) a difficult word to translate. In rough terms, humanity, not as an individual as defined by one’s interrelationships. The principle of caring for each other’s well-being and a spirit of mutual support”. Zulu maxim – umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu – “I am what I am because of you.”

ubantu humanity, not as an individual as defined by one's interrelationships

ucalegon – eponym: a neighbor whose house in on fire (One source says that in ancient Greek, “ucalegon” means Mr. What-Me-Worry?)

ucalegon a neighbor whose house in on fire skmclasses Bangalore

UFO (knitting) – unfinished object; a project languishing while you work on other projects

ukulele – a small four-stringed guitar popularized in Hawaii [‘uku, flea + lele, jumping. So called from the rapid motion of the fingers in playing it.]

ukulele – a small four-stringed guitar popularized in Hawaii

Ullage – the amount that a container (a bottle, cask, tank, etc.) falls short of being full; also, the amount lost by leakage, evaporation, etc. in shipping or storage

Ullage amount that a container bottles falls short of being full

Ultima Thule – a distant territory or destination; a remote goal or ideal (‘Thule’ pronounced as two syllables)

Ultima Thule a distant territory or destination a remote goal or ideal

ultra-crepidarian – giving opinions on topics beyond one’s knowledge. From Latin “beyond the sole”.
After the tale of shoemaker who criticized the way an artist had drawn part of a sandal. When the artist then corrected the error, the emboldened shoemaker went on to disparage how the legs were painted. To which the artist snapped “Ne supra crepidam judicaret,” or “Let him not criticize above the sole.” (crepida = sole or sandal) In other words, the cobbler was qualified to judge footwear but only footwear. In effect, the word means, “Shoemaker, stick to thy last.”

ultra-crepidarian giving opinions on topics beyond one’s knowledge From Latin “beyond the sole”.

ululate (UL-u-late) – to howl or wail, like a dog or a wolf. adj. ululant

Short Story describing the word ululate is at

umbilicus – belly button

umbra – complete shadow (with blockage of every part of every light source)

umbrage – offense or resentment at a slight or insult

umbrage offense or resentment at a slight or insult


umbrage (adj. umbrageous) – shadow or shade; or something that provides it (also, a vague indication, a hint) see also other definition here)

umbrella (etymology) – at root, a device to protect from sun, not from rain. (Latin “umbra” = shade)

umiak – a large eskimo boat (woman’s boat?)

umlaut – 1. a pronunciation, common in German, where a, o, or u (which are normally “back vowels” pronounced at the back of the mouth) are brought more to the front (like the “front vowels” e and i). 2. The two-dot symbol that German uses to show this pronunciation, as ä, ö, or ü. (English uses this symbol for other purposes; see diaresis. German sometimes indicates the umlaut sound-change by putting an ‘e’ after the a, o, or u (Goethe).)

umpire (etymology) – from nonpere ‘not-peer’

Uncle Sam – eponym: personification of the United States

Uncle Tom – eponym (offensive): a black person humiliatingly subservient or deferential to white people

Uncle Tom black person humiliatingly subservient

Unction – excessive, ingratiating compliments, a kind of “oiliness”

Unction excessive ingratiating compliments a kind of oiliness

unctuous – excessively flattering or ingratiating, esp. when affected or insincere; oily

undercast – a solid cloud layer, as viewed from above [ mostly used in pilot reporting of in-flight weather conditions.  ]

Understrapper – obsolete: a petty fellow; an underling or subordinate

Understrapper a petty fellow an underling or subordinate

Underwhelm – to fail to excite, stimulate, or impress (adj. underwhelming)

Underwhelm to fail to excite stimulate or impress

underwrite – to assume risk, as when offering an insurance policy or bringing a corporation’s new securities issue to the public. (underwriter – one who buys a stock or bond issue from a company, to resell it to investors.)

undine – a female water spirit

Undine a female water spirit

Ungainly – clumsy; awkward (contrast gainly)

Ungainly clumsy awkward

ungoogle – one source claims: to try to combat revenge googling

Unkempt – Not neatly combed. “wild unkempt hair”. Not properly maintained or cared for. “an unkempt garden”; “native vistas and unkempt rambling paths”.

3 unkempt Not neatly combed wild hair flying

Short Story describing the meaning of the word Unkempt is at

unit bias – the tendency to think that a unit of some entity is the appropriate and optimal amount

unlawful combatant – see illegal combatant

Unremitting – never relaxing or slackening; persistent

Unremitting – never relaxing or slackening persistent

Unwieldy – Difficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape. “we set about towing the unwieldy structure into the shelter”; “almost dropped the unwieldy parcel”. Difficult to work or manipulate. “unwieldy rules and regulations”. Lacking grace in movement or posture. “heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair”

Unwieldy Difficult to use handle manage because of size weight shape

Short Story describing the meaning of the word Unwieldy is at

up-do – a style of dressing women’s hair by sweeping it up and securing it away from the face and neck

Upland trout – a mythical fish which is such so delicious a pan fish that tenderfeet are often sent into the woods to catch them. However, the upland trout is extremely difficult to catch, because it nests in trees. <wink>

Upland trout mythical fish which is delicious

Uranic – eponym: of the heavens; celestial; astronomical (also, pertaining to uranium)

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Urbane – Showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience. “maintained an urbane tone in his letters”

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Short Story describing the meaning of the word Urbane is at

Uriah Heep – eponym: a man who is hypocritically humble

Uriah Heep man who is hypocritically humble

urning – a homosexual man (say some); a homosexual (say others) [coined by Magnus Hirschfeld, German sexologist]

Ursprache – a language that is the ancestor of another or of a group of languages

ushabti – see shabti

uti possidetis – the principle that unless otherwise stated: 1. upon a peace treaty, each belligerent keeps the captured territories then holds 2. when a political subdivision becomes achieves independence, its keeps the same boundaries it previously had.

Utopia – toponym: an imagined perfect place

Utopia an imagined perfect place

uvula – the thing that hangs down from the back of the mouth (which children invariably think is a tonsil)

uxoravalent – capable of sex only those other than one’s wife (contrast uxorovalent)

Uxoravalent capable of sex only those other than one's wife

uxoricide – murder of one’s wife; a man who commits such murder

uxorious – overly doting upon one’s wife

uxorovalent – capable of sex only with one’s wife (contrast uxoravalent)

uakari short-tailed, long-haired monkey

uakari monkey Bandor skmclasses Bangalore IITJEE

Uberous yielding an abundance of milk; abounding

Uberous yielding an abundance of milk abounding

Uberty fruitfulness; abundant productiveness

Uberty fruitfulness abundant productiveness

Ubi whereabouts; permanent or present location

Ubi whereabouts permanent or present location

ubication condition of being in a certain location
ubicity whereabouts
ubiety location; state of being in a definite place

Ubiquarian one who seems to be everywhere at once
ubiquarian one who seems to be everywhere at once

Ubiquarian one who seems to be everywhere at once

ubique everywhere
ubiquitarianism belief that Christ is everywhere

Ubity place or locality

Ubity place or locality

ucalegon neighbour whose house is on fire
udal form of land tenure in Orkney and Shetland islands
udometer instrument for measuring rainfall
ufology study of alien spacecraft
ughten morning twilight
uguisu olive-plumed bush warbler
uintathere extinct Pleistocene hoofed herbivore

Ukase edict; proclamation by an autocratic government

Ukase edict proclamation by an autocratic government

ukeke Hawaiian mouth harp with two or three strings
ulatrophy atrophy of the gums
ulcuscle a small ulcer
uletic of, like or pertaining to the gums
uliginous slimy; oozy; swampy; growing in swampy places
ullage quantity by which vessel is under full capacity
ullagone cry of lamentation; funeral lament
ulmaceous of or like elms
uloid like a scar
ulosis formation of a scar

Ulotrichous having woolly hair

Ulotrichous having woolly hair

ultimation process of bringing to a conclusion
ultimo of last month

Ultimogeniture inheritance by the last son

Ultimogeniture inheritance by the last son

Ultion revenge; vengeance

Ultion revenge vengeance

Ultracrepidate to criticize beyond sphere of one’s knowledge

ultra-crepidarian giving opinions on topics beyond one’s knowledge From Latin “beyond the sole”.

ultradian of physiological cycles longer than an hour and shorter than a day
ultrafidian going beyond faith

Ultrageous violently extreme

Ultrageous violently extreme

ultraism holding extreme opinions on a subject
ultramarine deep blue
ultramicroscope instrument for viewing extremely small objects
ultramontane south of the Alps; supporting the Pope
ultroneous spontaneous; voluntary
umbe around; about
umbel mass of flowers springing from a single center
umbelliferous bearing umbels
umber brownish red
umbilical of, like or pertaining to the navel; related on the mother’s side
umbilicanimism looking at the navel in search of enlightenment; omphaloskepsis
umbiliciform shaped like a navel
umbo central knob or boss of a shield
umbracious shady
umbraculiform shaped like an umbrella
umbraculum umbrella or umbrella-like structure
umbrage shade; foliage; offence
umbratic shadowy; providing shade
umbratilous shadowy; shaded; indoor; secluded
umbriferous giving or bearing shade
umbril visor on helmet to protect the eyes from light
umbrose shade-giving; dusky
umlaut two dots placed over a vowel to indicate change in vowel sound (Führer)
umstroke circumference; edge
unalist priest holding one benefice
unaneled without extreme unction

Unasinous being equally stupid

Unasinous being equally stupid

Unasinous being equally stupid

unberufen exclamation to avert ill luck following boasting

Unberufen exclamation to avert ill luck following boasting
unbosom to pour out; to tell freely
uncate hooked
uncial of, like or pertaining to an inch or an ounce
unciform shaped like a hook
unconsentaneous not in agreement
unction anointing as right of consecration or healing; warmth of address

Unctuous slimy; oily; greasy; offensively suave and smug

Unctuous excessively flattering or ingratiating

undate wavy
undecennial happening every eleven years
undeify to deprive of the nature of a god
underbreath subdued voice; rumour
underbridge bridge carrying a road or railway
undercroft crypt or vault under a church
underlap piece of material that extends under another
undern light midday meal
underwit inferior wit; half-wit
undigenous produced by the action of water
undight to take off; to doff; to undo
undine female water spirit
undinism psychological obsession with urine and urination
undulationism theory that light consists of waves
uneath difficult; distressing; hard; scarce
ungual of a claw, hoof, or talon; clawed
unguentary of, like or pertaining to unguents; one who makes or sells unguents
unguiculate clawed
unguicule fingernail
unguiferous bearing nails or claws
unguiform shaped like a claw
unguinous oily; fatty
unguligrade walking on hoofs
unhouseled not having received the Eucharist shortly before death
unicity uniqueness; oneness
unicorn carriage drawn by three horses in triangular formation
unicornic resembling a unicorn
unifarious arranged in a single row or series
unifilar having only one thread or wire
unigeniture state or fact of being the only begotten
unigenous of the same origin, kind or sort
unipara woman having given birth only once
uniparous producing only one offspring at birth
uniphonous producing only one variety of musical note

Yoked to music at picnic

Yoked to music play

uniplicate having only one fold
unipotent powerful in one direction only
unisonous in unison or agreement
unition conjunction
universalism belief in universal salvation
univocal unmistakeable; unequivocal
univocalic having only one vowel; written passage using only one vowel
univoltine having one brood a year
univorous living on only one host or source of food
unleal unfaithful
unligable unable to be bound together
unprevaricate not perverted
unreeve to withdraw a rope from an opening
unseel to unsew the eyes of
unsinew to take the strength from
unstercorated not manured
untimeous untimely
untreasure to despoil
unwithdrawing liberal; lavish

unzymotic made fabulous outfits

unzymotic fabulous

unzymotic u look fabulous 1

upaithric roofless open to the sky


upaithric roofless; open to the sky

hypaethral roofless open to the sky
upas poisonous or harmful institution or influence
upbuilding development; edification
upcast upward throw; material thrown up
upher rough pole made of fir and used in scaffolding
uplong extending upward from
uprist rising; uprising
upspeak to begin to speak
upstay to sustain
upsy in the manner of; thoroughly
upwith up along
uranic of the palate
uraniferous bearing uranium
uraniscus roof of the mouth
uranism male homosexuality
uranography descriptive astronomy and mapping
uranology study of the heavens; astronomy
uranomancy divination by studying the heavens
uranomania obsession with the idea of divinity
uranometry measurement of distances between heavenly bodies
uranophobia fear of heaven
uranoplasty plastic surgery on the hard palate
uranoscopy star-watching
uraster starfish
urbacity excessive pride in one’s city
urbanist expert in urban planning
urbanology study of cities
urbarial founded on a register of landed property
urbicide destruction of a city
urbicolous dwelling in cities
urbiculture cultivation or development of urban life
urceiform shaped like a pitcher
urceolate shaped like a pitcher
urceus single-handled jug or pitcher
urdé pointed; having points
urdee of a heraldic device, pointed or broken into parallel pointed projections
ure use; custom
uredo burning feeling in the skin
urenology study of rust molds
urent burning; stinging
uresis urination
urethroscope instrument for viewing the interior of the urethra
uretic of, like or pertaining to urine
urial wild central Asian sheep with reddish coat and long curved horns
urimancy divination by observing urine
urinator diver
uriniferous bearing urine
urinometer instrument for measuring specific gravity of urine
urkingdom taxonomic group of organisms larger than a kingdom
urman swampy pine forest
urochs extinct wild ox or bison
urogenous producing or produced in urine
urolith small stone in the urinary tract
urology study of urine; urinary tract
uromastix spiky-tailed ground-dwelling lizard
uropoietic secreting or excreting urine
uropygium rump of a bird
urosthenic having a tail designed for propulsion
urraca noisy South American bird
ursal fur seal
ursicide killing or killer of a bear

ursiform having the shape or appearance of a bear

ursine of, like or pertaining to bears
Ursine Woman 2

Short Story describing the meaning of the word Ursine is at

urtext earliest version of a text; original unmodified version

urticaceous of, like or pertaining to nettles

urticant stinging; irritating
urticate to sting; to flog with nettles
urubu black tropical New World vulture
usageaster self-appointed and conservative language usage expert
usance habit; custom
ushabti figurine of deceased person placed in Egyptian tomb
usitative signifying a usual act
ustion action of burning or searing
ustulation burning; roasting
usucaption acquisition of property by long usage and enjoyment
usufruct the right to use and enjoy something
usward toward us
utile profitable; useful
utilitarianism belief that utility of actions determines moral value
utinam earnest wish or desire
utraquist person speaking two or both of two languages
utricide one who stabs an inflated skin vessel instead of killing someone
utricle small cavity or sac
utriculiform shaped like a small cavity or sac
utriform shaped like a leather bottle or flask
uvala irregular depression in a karst terrain
uvelloid resembling a small cluster of grapes
uvid moist; wet
uxorial of, like or pertaining to a wife
uxoricide killing of one’s own wife

Short Story describing the meaning of the word Uxoricide is at

uxorious excessively fond of one’s wife

uxorious Foolishly fond of or submissive to your wife


ubiquitous – (adj.) existing everywhere, widespread ( It seems that everyone in the United States has a television. The technology is ubiquitous here. )

umbrage – (n.) resentment, offense (He called me a lily-livered coward, and I took umbrage at the insult.)
When someone takes umbrage at something, they find it offensive, and it probably makes them angry.

Umbrage comes from the same source as umbrella, the Latin umbra, “shade, shadow.” The umbrella was invented to keep you in shade, and when you take umbrage at something, you’re casting a shadow over the person or thing responsible for the offense. I take umbrage at the suggestion that I’m not a nice person:

it’s offensive and infuriating. After having devoted my life to helping animals, I might take umbrage at the notion that I’ve been doing it for publicity purposes: I resent the idea that it was for any other reason than my love of animals.

unctuous – (adj.) smooth or greasy in texture, appearance, manner (The unctuous receptionist seemed untrustworthy, as if she was only being helpful because she thought we might give her a big tip.)

undulate – (v.) to move in waves (As the storm began to brew, the placid ocean began to undulate to an increasing degree.)

upbraid – (v.) to criticize or scold severely (The last thing Lindsay wanted was for Lisa to upbraid her again about missing the rent payment.)
No, upbraid isn’t what girls get done at a salon before prom. When you upbraid people, you scold them, tell them off and criticize them. (You could, however, upbraid your stylist after a bad haircut.)

The word upbraid comes from the Old English word upbregdan, which literally means “bring up quickly.” Although this word doesn’t have anything to do with hair, upbraid and braid are, in fact, related. The original meaning of braid was “to move quickly from side to side,” which is what you do with your fingers when you’re braiding someone’s hair. When you upbraid someone, you’re quickly bringing up different reasons why you’re mad at them.

usurp – (v.) to seize by force, take possession of without right (The rogue army general tried to usurp control of the government, but he failed because most of the army backed the legally elected president.)


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