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non-U

Syllabification: non-U
Pronunciation: /nänˈyo͞o
 
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Definition of non-U in English:

adjective

informal , chiefly British
(Of language or social behavior) not characteristic of the upper social classes; not socially acceptable to certain people.
Example sentences
  • For someone who had aspirations of becoming London's top citizen, he ought to be aware that metal watchbands are non-U in the best circles.
  • As everybody knows, it is distinctly non-U to smoke.
  • Page 19 outlines in two paragraphs the essentials of good manners while dining - read it and never worry again about being U or non-U.

Origin

1950s: from non- + U3.

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