non-U on-U" (n[o^]n*[=u]"), adj. Not characteristic of the upper classes especially in language use. [Chiefly British] [Narrower terms: {lower-class (vs. middle-class) (vs. upper-class), low-class}]

Syn: vulgar. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • non-U — /non yooh /, adj. not characteristic of or appropriate to the upper class, esp. of Great Britain: certain words and phrases that are considered absolutely non U. [NON + U (adj.)] * * * …   Universalium

  • non-U — see U and non U …   Modern English usage

  • non-U — [nän′yo͞o′] adj. [ NON + U1] [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] not belonging to or characteristic of the upper class …   English World dictionary

  • non-U — [ ,nan ju ] adjective BRITISH OLD FASHIONED not typical of the upper class …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • non-U — adjective not U; not characteristic of the upper classes, particularly regarding language. The concept of U (for upper class British usage, as opposed to non U, or everything else) was introduced by Alan S. C. Ross (1954) and was taken up by… …   Wiktionary

  • non-U — /nɒn ˈju/ (say non yooh) adjective Colloquial not appropriate to or characteristic of the upper class: *As I remember, beer was non u so we drank claret or vermouth and coke. –phillip adams, 1977. {non + initial of upper (class). See U1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • non-U — adj. colloq. not characteristic of the upper class. Etymology: NON + U(2) …   Useful english dictionary

  • non-U — adjective Date: 1954 not characteristic of the upper classes …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • non-U — abbr. not upper class …   Dictionary of English abbreviation

  • non-U — adjective Brit. informal (of language or social behaviour) not characteristic of the upper social classes …   English new terms dictionary

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