from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Variant of uro-1.
  • Variant of uro-2.
  • Original; prototypical: ur-feminist; ur-language.

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  • Forming words with the sense of ‘proto-, primitive, original’.


From German ur-, original; see Ursprache.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German ur-, originally from Old High German ir-, ur- ("thoroughly"),, from Proto-Germanic *uz- (“out”), from Proto-Indo-European *uds- (“up, out”). Cognate with Dutch oer-, English or-. Compare or-. (Wiktionary)


  • And Mr. Buckner's best-known moment—a game-ending fielding error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, after which his Red Sox lost to the Mets in Game 7—can be seen as sort of the ur-"Larry David moment."

    Showing His Enthusiasm


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