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non-U

[non-yoo]
adjective
  1. not characteristic of or appropriate to the upper class, especially of Great Britain: certain words and phrases that are considered absolutely non-U.
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Origin of non-U

non- + U (adj.)
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Examples from the Web for nonu

Historical Examples

  • In the morning Salevao, as the moon, was seen, and Nonu was saved.

    Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before

    George Turner

  • Nonu maintained that it was then to be seen in the morning, the king held that it was not visible in the morning.

  • Nonu said he would stake his life on it; and so it was left for the morning to decide.


British Dictionary definitions for nonu

non-U

adjective British informal
  1. (esp of language) not characteristic of or used by the upper classCompare U 1
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