ou

[oh-oo]
noun
  1. a rare Hawaiian honeycreeper, Psittirostra psittacea, having an olive-green body, a parrotlike bill, and in the male a bright yellow head.

Origin of ou

First recorded in 1885–90, ou is from the Hawaiian word ʿōʿū
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Examples from the Web for ou

Contemporary Examples of ou

  • If the OU and RCA really want to promote unity—a very noble goal—they should avoid papering over such crucial distinctions.

    The Daily Beast logo
    A Problematic Call for Unity

    Sigal Samuel

    July 16, 2013

  • When contacted, an OU spokesman, who wished to remain anonymous, stated, “We have no comment at this time.”

    The Daily Beast logo
    Jews Respond to “Savage” Subway Ads

    Sigal Samuel

    September 28, 2012

  • I've spent the morning grading papers and trying to figure out why the Orthodox Union (OU) wants to disturb my Yom Kippur.

    The Daily Beast logo
    A Day For Politics Or Not

    Peter Beinart

    September 24, 2012

  • The OU is America's oldest and most prominent Orthodox group.

    The Daily Beast logo
    A Day For Politics Or Not

    Peter Beinart

    September 24, 2012

  • Picture the scene; its a sunny day by the beach, ou're out on the body board and suddenly you notice you have drifted out to sea.

Historical Examples of ou

  • "Ou'doors" was the only home he knew, and with all its rigors he loved it.

    The Village Watch-Tower

    (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • And the negative may be a negation of fact or of thought (ou and me).

    Sophist

    Plato

  • Onoma, a name, affirms the real existence of that which is sought after—on ou masma estin.

  • Ou, that was the gravestanes they put up i' their kirkyards.

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie

  • I heard the lid of the kettle dancing, and then came a prolonged "ou."

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie


British Dictionary definitions for ou

ou

noun
  1. Southern African slang a man, bloke, or chap

Word Origin for ou

Afrikaans

OU

abbreviation for
  1. the Open University
  2. Oxford University
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ou in Medicine

OU

abbr.
  1. oculus uterque (either eye, each eye)
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