See also: ÛFO, Ufo, and ufo

English

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Etymology

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Abbreviations.

Pronunciation

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌjuːɛfˈəʊ/, /ˈjuːfəʊ̯/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌjuˌɛfˈoʊ/, /ˈjufoʊ̯/, /ˈʌfoʊ̯/
  • Audio (US):(file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊ

Noun

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UFO (plural UFOs)

  1. Initialism of unidentified flying object; (loosely) an alien spacecraft. [from 20th c.]
    • 1967, Brad Steiger, Joan Whritenour, “Someone Up There May Not Like Us”, in Flying Saucers Are Hostile[1], Tandem Publishing, published 1975, →ISBN, →OCLC, page 13:
      After the case had been reported in the newspapers, Mrs. Gracindo de Souza, wife of a member of the local stock exchange, told police that she and her daughter had been driving down Alameda Sao Boaventura when they had seen an[sic] UFO hovering over the clearing where the bodies were later discovered.
    • 2004, George Carlin, “THEY CAME FROM OUT OF THE SKY”, in When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?[2], New York: Hyperion Books, →ISBN, →OCLC, →OL, page 12:
      To my way of thinking, there is every bit as much evidence for the existence of UFOs as there is for the existence of God. Probably far more. At least in the case of UFOs there have been countless taped and filmed—and, by the way, unexplained—sightings from all over the world, along with documented radar evidence seen by experienced military and civilian radar operators.
  2. (colloquial) An "unfinished object" in knitting or other kinds of craft. [from 20th c.]
    • 2007, Kerry Wills, The Close-knit Circle: American Knitters Today, page 107:
      UFOs differ from WIPs in that a WIP is a project one is actively pursuing, while a UFO runs the risk of never getting finished.

Synonyms

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unidentified flying object

Derived terms

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unidentified flying object
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unidentified flying object

Descendants

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  • Czech: UFO
  • Dutch: ufo
  • Estonian: UFO
  • Finnish: UFO, ufo
  • German: UFO, Ufo
  • Greek: ούφο (oúfo)
  • Italian: UFO, ufo
  • Japanese: UFO (yūfō)
  • Norwegian: ufo
  • Portuguese: UFO, ufo
  • Swedish: ufo, UFO

Translations

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unidentified flying object

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Czech

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Noun

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UFO

  1. UFO

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This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Estonian

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Etymology

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From English UFO.

Noun

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UFO

  1. UFO

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Finnish

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Etymology

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English UFO

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈufo/, [ˈufo̞]
  • Rhymes: -ufo
  • Syllabification(key): U‧FO

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UFO

  1. UFO (unidentified flying object)

German

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Etymology

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Borrowed from English UFO, initialism of unidentified flying object, itself translated into German as unidentifiziertes Flugobjekt or more commonly unbekanntes Flugobjekt.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈuːfo/
  • It is entirely unusual to pronounce the letters individually and such a pronunciation would be unlikely to be understood.
  • Audio:(file)

Noun

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UFO n (strong, genitive UFOs or UFO, plural UFOs or UFO)

  1. UFO

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Further reading

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  • UFO” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Italian

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Alternative forms

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Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈu.fo/
  • Rhymes: -ufo
  • Hyphenation: Ù‧FO

Noun

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UFO m (invariable)

  1. UFO
    Synonyms: oggetto volante non identificato m, alieno m

Japanese

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Etymology

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Orthographic borrowing from English UFO, but pronounced like an acronym rather than a mere initialism.

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UFO(ユーフォー) (yūfō

  1. Synonym of 未確認飛行物体 (mikakunin hikō buttai, unidentified flying object); a UFO

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Polish

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Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl
 
UFO

Alternative forms

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Etymology

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Orthographic borrowing from English UFO.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈu.fɔ/
  • Rhymes: -ufɔ
  • Syllabification: U‧FO

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UFO n (indeclinable)

  1. (science fiction, ufology) UFO, unidentified flying object
    Synonyms: latający spodek, latający talerz, niezidentyfikowany obiekt latający, ufo

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Further reading

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  • UFO in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • UFO in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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Unadapted borrowing from English UFO.

Pronunciation

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  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈu.fo/
  • It is uncommon for the letters to be pronounced individually.

Noun

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UFO m (plural UFOs)

  1. Synonym of OVNI
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