From Old Dutch *ūwila, *ūwala, *ūla, from Proto-Germanic *uwwalǭ (compare West Frisian ûle, English owl, Danish ugle, cf. also German Eule), diminutive of *uwwǭ ‘eagle-owl’ (compare German Uhu), of imitative origin or a variant of *ūfaz, *ūfǭ (compare Swedish uv ‘horned owl’, Bavarian Auf), from Proto-Indo-European *up-.
- een uiltje knappen (to catnap)
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