[ uhl-truh-krep-i-dair-ee-uh n ]
/ ˌʌl trəˌkrɛp ɪˈdɛər i ən /


noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside the area of his or her expertise: The play provides a classic, simplistic portrayal of an ultracrepidarian mother-in-law.


an ultracrepidarian person.

Nearby words

  1. ultra-distance,
  2. ultrabasic,
  3. ultracentrifuge,
  4. ultraclean,
  5. ultraconservative,
  6. ultracritical,
  7. ultradian,
  8. ultrafast,
  9. ultrafiche,
  10. ultrafilter

Origin of ultracrepidarian

1800–20; ultra- + Latin crepidam ‘sole of a shoe, sandal’ (< Greek krepis ‘shoe’); in allusion to the words of Pliny the Elder ne supra crepidam sutor judicare ‘let the cobbler not judge above the sandal’; cf. the English proverb “let the cobbler stick to his last”

Related formsul·tra·crep·i·dar·i·an·ism, noun

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