- a German submarine.
Origin of U-boat
1910–15; < German U-Boot, short for Unterseeboot literally, undersea boat
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Examples from the Web for u-boats
After all, German U-boats had killed more U.S. sailors in the north Atlantic than died at Pearl Harbor.The Real Inglorious Bastards
July 19, 2011
It was the belief that the destroyer had sunk one of the U-boats.In the Flash Ranging Service
Edward Alva Trueblood
My own notion of it is that the U-boats have many of us bluffed.
It was all interesting—the life in Paris—but it had nothing to do with U-boats.
Also he urged the crew to have a special watch out for U-boats.
By this time the lurking U-boats had been dealt with in a most effective way.A Lively Bit of the Front
Percy F. Westerman
- a German submarine, esp in World Wars I and II
from German U-Boot, abbreviation for Unterseeboot, literally: undersea boat
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Word Origin and History for u-boats
1916 (said to have been in use from 1913), partial translation of German U-Boot, short for Unterseeboot, literally "undersea boat."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Lusitania was sunk by a U-boat. Eventually, U-boat attacks on neutral ships drew the United States into the war.
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