ud·​der | \ ˈə-dər How to pronounce udder (audio) \

Definition of udder

1 : a large pendulous organ consisting of two or more mammary glands enclosed in a common envelope and each provided with a single nipple — see cow illustration

Examples of udder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Luma’s a working mother, allowed only a nuzzle or two with her baby before the babe is given a rubber udder attached to a pail and Mom is back to be milked or mated with, incongruously set to the tunes of lo-fi contemporary pop ballads. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2022 For every one depicting a sailboat or a sunset, there is another of an innuendo that needs little explanation: a man complimenting a woman’s fruit tree, a dairyman praising his cow’s udder while his buxom wife looks on. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 Tour goers gawked through a window Wednesday as Natalie the cow, distracted by treats, stood as the robot sprayed a sanitizing iodine mist on her udder before attaching a milking hose. oregonlive, 6 Nov. 2021 So First Cow is, in part, a slow-motion heist movie, with Cookie and King-Lu sneaking out just enough liquid gold from the sacred udder to maintain a booming biscuit business. Darren Franich, EW.com, 20 Apr. 2021 Worse, in searing memory, cows with their hooves, udder and even legs burned off still alive who had to be euthanized. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, 18 Dec. 2020 Sometimes the runts need help getting to a sow’s udder for milk. Adam Belz, Star Tribune, 15 Aug. 2020 Their eyes are a liquid brown, their noses inquisitive, their udders homely; small children thrill to their moo. Tad Friend, The New Yorker, 23 Sep. 2019 For one thing, they’ve been bred to have longer and wider udders, rather than deep ones. Maureen O’hagan, Quartz, 24 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of udder

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for udder

Middle English, from Old English ūder; akin to Old High German ūtar udder, Latin uber, Greek outhar, Sanskrit ūdhar

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“Udder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/udder. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for udder


ud·​der | \ ˈə-dər How to pronounce udder (audio) \

Kids Definition of udder

: a large bag-shaped organ (as of a cow) enclosing two or more milk-producing glands each draining into a separate nipple on the lower surface


ud·​der | \ ˈəd-ər How to pronounce udder (audio) \

Medical Definition of udder

: a large pendulous organ in various mammals and especially a female domestic bovine consisting of two or more mammary glands enclosed in a common envelope and each provided with a single nipple

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