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Staff U of the English Wordbook.

Basic abbreviations:

  • OE=Old English
  • NHG=New High German
  • Du.=Dutch

For a full list of etymological and other abbreviations used in these wordlists, see: Offshortenings.


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


onefoldness (<OE ánfealdnes)

A


Chancery English Class Anglish/English
Attested Unattested
ubiquitous adj everywhere, all-over; everyday, household; wall-to-wall -
ubiquity n everywhereness -
Ukraine n Borderland
Unidentified Flying Object n - Unmarked Flying Onget, Unknown Flying Ware
ulceradj - sore (calque)
ulnan - ell, elbone
ulterioradj later motive: backthought (calque)
ultimate adj last -
ultimatelyadvsomeday, sometime; after all, sooner or later; deep down endily, lastingly
umbrellanrainshade rainshield
unabatedadj - unlessened (Barnes)
unanimousadjkindred, like-minded all-thwaring, oneholly (cf. NHG einhellig, Sw. enhällig)
unanimouslyadv - thwaringly (OE þwarian 'to agree')
unanticipated adj unforeseen -
unassailableadjhallowed, holly unthwartsome
unbalancedadj

barmy, bats, haywire, unhinged; unsteady

unmeted
uncelebratedadjnameless, unsung unfrealsed (OE freolsian)
uncertainadjflickery, unsettled, trustless wendful
uncertaintynmistrustfulness uncouthness
unclen - eme (<ME eem/eam), father's brother, mother's brother
unconsciousadjcold; clueless unheeding
unctuousadjsmarmy -
undercurrentnundertow, tideway -
underdevelopedadj underbuilt, undergrown underblown (OE blowan)
underminevbhinder -
undistinguishedadjunknown bremeless
undressvbstrip, unclothe -
undulatingadjwavering -
uneasyadjrestless, ill at ease -
unedifyingadjunwholesome, unhealthy -
uneducatedadjunread, unlearnt, untaught; lowbrow -
unemployedadjjobless, idle, unhired, workless unbehired (full-time)
unexpectedadjunforeseen unweened (OE wenan), unbewaited
unfamiliaradj unheard of, unknown, unkindred, beyond your ken seldcouth (<OE seldcúþ)
unfavourableadjunfriendly, untoward -
unfortunateadjhapless, hardluck, ill-starred (Barnes), snakebit; heartbreaking, woeful uneady
unhabitedadjundwelled unerned, unwoned
unharnessvboutspan -
unicornn - onehorn
uniformitynevenness -
unintelligentadjbonehead, witless -
uninteresting adj leaden, reckless, unrecking -
unionn -

fay, gathertang, thede, meanship (<OE ġemænscipe, cf. NHG Gemeinschaft)

unionismn - thedehood
unionistn/adj - adj: thedish n: theder
uniqueadjone-off, one-of-a-kind, one and only -
unitn - fach (pl. fax), onhood (cf. Du. eenheid), whit
unitevbknit, link up onlay (<OE anlæcan), forone, agether
unitedadjknitted oneleight, fayed, foroned
United States of American -

Foroned Rix of Markland, Banded Folkdoms of Americksland, Bonded Hoods of America, Bonded Landhoods of America, Foranned Rix of Vinland

Redland ethels informal

unitynoneness (Barnes), onehead, onehood, togetherness, wholeness

onefoldness (<OE ānfealdnes)

of voices:  evenleether (<OE efenhlēoðor) pl: evenleethru

universaladj broad-brush, overall; all-in; wall-to-wall almean (cf. NHG allgemein, Du. algemeen), alworldly, allsome (<Barnes), allhomely
universalitynallness -
universe n world allworld (cf. NHG Weltall), wholeäll (cf. Du. heelal)
universityn lorestead (<Barnes), seat of learning (<Barnes) learnhall
unjustifiedadjunshown unsweetled
unleashvbloosen, unlock -
unleashedadvunbound -
unlimitedadjunbounded (<Barnes), unstinted mireless (OE mære 'limit, border')
unmaintainedadjunkempt -
unmanageableadjheadstrong, untoward -
unnecessaryadjneedless, uncalled for, unneeded -
unnervevbunsettle, faze -
updatevb - bywork (cf. Du. bijwerken), ednew
unpleasantadjbad, bitter, rotten, unlovely, wicked uncweming
unproductiveadj bony, geason, unbearing, unyielding unteeming
unprofitableadjbarren fremeless
unprogressiveadjhidebound unforwaying
unreservedlyadjwholeheartedly -
unresponsiveadj - sloom (cf. Du.)
unrestrained adj loose -
unrevealedadjuntold, hidden, in dern -
unsuccessfuladj - unspeedful, unspowing
unsuitableadj unbefitting unbeseeming
unsympatheticadjslash-and-burn, unfeeling; untoward -
unusualadjfunny, out-of-the-way, weird frimdy, seldcouth, unbrooklike, unbrookly
unveilvbbare, let on about, spill, tell, unbosom unhele, unmesh
urbanadjtownish townwise, boroughwise
urbanitentownsman boroughwere
urgen/vb

beseech, beg, goad
n: craving, lust, thirst, yearning

thraving (<OE thrafian)
urination n weeing slang migothening, migothletting, thwayletting, harnening, landening, midgening
urine n wee slang migoth (<OE migoða), land (<OE hland), midge (<OE micga), wetness (<OE wæta), harn (cf. NHG "Harn"), thway (cf. Ic. "þvag")
urinate v wee slang, wet migothen (on basis of German Harn and Harnen), migothlet, landen, midgen, harnen, thwaylet (cf. Ic. "þvaglát")
ursa majornThe Plough, The Great Bear -
use n - brook, neet, frim (<ME), brookness
usevbbrook, handle, deal with, milk neet (<ME <OE notu)
used toadj1. formerly 2. wont to, weaned to -
usefuladjhandy frimful (<OE fremful), brookful
uselessadjidle, unhandy fremeless, brookless
usualadjhousehold; cut-and-dried grove kind, brooklike, brookly
usurernloan shark wastomshatster
usuryn - wooker (<OE wócor, cf. NHG Wucher, Du woeker)

wastomshat (<OE wæstmsceatt)

utensilntool -
uterusnwomb motherbear (cf. Du. baarmoeder)
uxorious adj - wifefondly, wife-yearning

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