Words starting with ” u ” for SAT, GRE, GMAT, CAT skmclasses Bangalore

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?)

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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”.

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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

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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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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

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Uberous yielding an abundance of milk; abounding