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Weird Words Starting With 'U'

Updated on January 13, 2013

Welcome To Weird Words Starting With 'U'

This light-hearted lens is devoted to little lost locutions, better known as weird words that have rarely seen the light of day.

Given the fact that the English language now has more than a million words under its belt, it's not surprising that there are more than a few words that have gone missing due to lack of usage, or the fact that few folks even know they exist.

With this series, we will feature a few harmless if not hilarious weird words for each letter of the alphabet, beginning with the letter 'U'.

The best way to honor these odd, peculiar, or perhaps some might say even wacky words is to find a place to stick them into casual conversation, to spice up electronic missives, or simply to add a wee bit of pith and vinegar to one's daily round and curiosity about life.


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uberous: adj. yielding an abundance of milk

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

The uberous ungulate, and founder of the Sacred Cow Society, took great offense to being called an "udderly ridiculous example of the milk of human kindness" by the editor of Farmer Brown's Almanac.


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ulotrichous adj. having very wooly hair

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

As Bodmin Grimbister approached the half-way point in the Iron Man Marathon, he wondered if his ulotrichous example of virility might now be considered a liability.


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ugsome adj. loathsome, horrible

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Montezuma Mumbles is no ordinary, namby-pamby misbegotten monster and he would certainly never ever be mistaken for an ugsome unicorn; in fact by most accounts, Monty's considered a real catch if one lives in the wonderful world of weird wunderkins.


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unbosom v. to reveal in confidence

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Trixie Ticklesworth realized that maybe it was time to let her hair down and unbosom herself to her fiancé about the fact that she had been a wicked wine wench in her youth who also fervently believed in the Great Pumpkin, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy.


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unpregnant adj. not prolific, not of quick wit, or unapt for business

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Judging from Englebert Herodsfoot's unpregnant demeanor, his scantily clad appearance, and his unspectacular resume, the owner of the Prickwillow Pub decided not to hire him for the position of Chief Tickle Pitcher.


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urosthenic adj. having a tiail designed for propulsion

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Rodney wasn't sure if his urosthenic aerodynamic appendange would give him the proper vertical lift, and speed not to mention fuel efficiency that he needed for a trip to Ursa Minor.


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