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couth

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[ kooth ]
/ kuθ /
Facetious.
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adjective

showing or having good manners or sophistication; smooth: Sending her flowers would be a very couth thing to do.

noun

good manners; refinement: to be lacking in couth.

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Origin of couth

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First recorded in 1895–1900; back formation from uncouth

Definition for couth (2 of 2)

couth2
[ kooth ]
/ kuθ /

adjective Archaic.

known or acquainted with.

Origin of couth

2
First recorded before 1000; Middle English, Old English cūth, past participle of cunnan “to know”; see know1, can2, could
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British Dictionary definitions for couth

couth
/ (kuːθ) /

adjective

facetious refined
archaic familiar; known

Word Origin for couth

Old English cūth known, past participle of cunnan to know; sense 1, back formation from uncouth
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