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unco

[uhng-koh] /ˈʌŋ koʊ/ Scot. and North England
adjective
1.
remarkable; extraordinary.
2.
unusual; strange.
3.
adverb
4.
remarkably; extremely.
noun, plural uncos.
5.
something extraordinary or unusual; a novelty.
6.
uncos, news.
7.
Obsolete. a stranger.
Origin of unco
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; variant of uncouth
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Examples from the Web for unco
Historical Examples
  • "It's unco like the night we were wrecked in the Gulf," said Sandy.

  • She was unco curious to hear about my Eppie, and how I came to lay her there.

    Allison Bain Margaret Murray Robertson
  • He's unco fu' in his ain house that canna pick a bane in his neighbour's.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • I'll be seeing you the morn's morn, an' unco gude will be the sight o' you for sair een.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • But maybe it was the lauchin' o' the twa lads, for they thocht it unco fun.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • She's been unco dowie (ailing) a' the summer; and sae has the bairnie.'

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • "You're unco late, dear," she would say wearily, but no other reproach did she utter.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown
  • "This is unco hard on me that brought him here, James," said he, throwing his head back.

    Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
  • But an unco' bitter body was he when there was a sma' collection.

    Scotch Wit and Humor

    W. H. (Walter Henry) Howe
  • But an I get the first yerk of a chield, I'm no unco feared for his return.

British Dictionary definitions for unco

unco1

/ˈʌŋkəʊ/
adjective uncoer, uncoest
1.
unfamiliar, strange, or odd
2.
remarkable or striking
adverb
3.
very; extremely
4.
the unco guid, narrow-minded, excessively religious, or self-righteous people
noun (pl) uncos, uncoes
5.
a novel or remarkable person or thing
6.
(obsolete) a stranger
7.
(pl) news
Word Origin
C15: variant of uncouth

unco2

/ˈʌŋkəʊ/
adjective
1.
awkward; clumsy
noun (pl) uncos
2.
an awkward or clumsy person
Word Origin
C20: shortened form of uncoordinated
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