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[uhn-kooth] /ʌnˈkuθ/
awkward, clumsy, or unmannerly:
uncouth behavior; an uncouth relative who embarrasses the family.
strange and ungraceful in appearance or form.
unusual or strange.
Origin of uncouth
before 900; Middle English; Old English uncūth (see un-1, couth2); cognate with Dutch onkond
Related forms
uncouthly, adverb
uncouthness, noun
1. discourteous, rude, uncivil. 3. odd, unfamiliar.
1. courteous.
Synonym Study
1. See boorish. Unabridged
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  • He must, indeed, have been terribly alarmed at the uncouth sound he heard.

  • Many of his native customs he now learned to look upon as uncouth.

    Historic Boyhoods Rupert Sargent Holland
  • They are the slowest and least active of all the monkey tribe, and their motions are surprisingly awkward and uncouth.

  • These are uncouth giants, with only one eye and that in the centre of the forehead.

  • Now, Bumper had never met a wild rabbit before, and this one certainly looked very dirty and uncouth compared to himself.

    Bumper, The White Rabbit George Ethelbert Walsh
  • It must be admitted, however, that the poet's uncouth diction is anything but Virgilian.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • But you know I am but an uncouth Milton manufacturer; will you forgive me?'

    North and South Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
British Dictionary definitions for uncouth


lacking in good manners, refinement, or grace
Derived Forms
uncouthly, adverb
uncouthness, noun
Word Origin
Old English uncūth, from un-1 + cūth familiar; related to Old High German kund known, Old Norse kunnr
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Word Origin and History for uncouth

Old English uncuð "unknown, uncertain, unfamiliar," from un- (1) "not" + cuð "known, well-known," past participle of cunnan "to know" (see can (v.)). Meaning "strange, crude, clumsy" is first recorded 1510s. The compound (and the thing it describes) widespread in IE languages, cf. Latin ignorantem, Old Norse ukuðr, Gothic unkunþs, Sanskrit ajnatah, Armenian ancanaut', Greek agnotos, Old Irish ingnad "unknown."

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