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From Proto-Italic *oinelos, diminutive of Proto-Italic *oinos (one), akin to Latin ūnus, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *óynos.





ūllus (feminine ūlla, neuter ūllum); first/second-declension adjective (pronominal)

  1. (chiefly in the negative) any
    Lēctiō sine ūllā dēlectātiōne.
    A reading without any enjoyment.

Usage notes

  • Ūllus is usually found in negative sentences. It corresponds to aliquis (some) in affirmations.
  • Ūllus (any) is typically an adjective and quisquam (any(one)) a pronoun, but the opposite usages are also found. In particular, with masculine nouns that referred to persons, Cicero seems to have preferred quisquam over ūllus in the nominative, genitive, and dative cases (e.g. quisquam scrīptor, cuiusquam scrīptōris, cuiquam scrīptōrī), and used both quemquam and ūllum in the accusative (e.g. quemquam scrīptōrem, ūllum scrīptōrem).[1]



First/second-declension adjective (pronominal).

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative ūllus ūlla ūllum ūllī ūllae ūlla
Genitive ūllī̆us
ūllōrum ūllārum ūllōrum
Dative ūllī ūllīs
Accusative ūllum ūllam ūllum ūllōs ūllās ūlla
Ablative ūllō ūllā ūllō ūllīs
Vocative ūlle ūlla ūllum ūllī ūllae ūlla

The declension ūllī in the genitive singular is rare but attested in Old Latin texts such as Truculentus by Plautus

Derived terms



  1. ^ Raphaël Kühner, editor (1835), M. Tullii Ciceronis Tusculanarum disputationum libri quinque ex Orellii recensione edidit et illustravit, page 334

Further reading

  • ullus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • ullus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • ullus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • Carl Meißner, Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • without doubt, beyond all doubt: sine dubio (not sine ullo dubio)
    • without any hesitation; without the least scruple: sine ulla dubitatione
    • indisputably; incontestably: sine (ulla) controversia

Norwegian Nynorsk




ullus f (definite singular ullusa, indefinite plural ullus or ullyser, definite plural ullusene or ullysene)

  1. Alternative spelling of ull-lus