1. vi., interj. To grunt, groan, moan, sigh, hum, coo, mourn, grieve, complain; grief, sorrow; an exclamation of delight or assent; to exclaim thus; to grunt ‘yes, yes (saying that you are listening)!’ Noho ʻū, grief; grief-stricken.
- Pā i ka ʻū lā (Kep. 71), touched by grief.
- Pōmaikaʻi ka poʻe e ʻū ana (Mat. 5.4), blessed are the people that mourn.
- ʻŪ ke kai o ʻEwa i ke ʻala o ka maile, the lowlands of ʻEwa exclaim over the perfume of the maile vine.
- E ʻū hele ana (Hal. 38.6), to go mourning.
- hoʻoʻū, hōʻū Caus/sim.; To grunt and strain, as with physical exertion (Kep. 159); to mourn.
2. vi., To hold the breath.
- ʻAʻole i ʻū, in no time at all; literally,, in not even time to take a breath.
3. vs., Snub-nosed (used with ihu).
4. n., Short for ʻulu, breadfruit, as in the place name Kaʻūpūlehu.
5. n., The letter “u.”