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[uhng-koh]Scot. and North England
  1. remarkable; extraordinary.
  2. unusual; strange.
  3. uncanny.
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  1. remarkably; extremely.
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noun, plural un·cos.
  1. something extraordinary or unusual; a novelty.
  2. uncos, news.
  3. Obsolete. a stranger.
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Origin of unco

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.

    The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. I (of II)

    Charles James Lever

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for unco


adjective uncoer or uncoest
  1. unfamiliar, strange, or odd
  2. remarkable or striking
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  1. very; extremely
  2. the unco guid narrow-minded, excessively religious, or self-righteous people
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noun plural uncos or uncoes
  1. a novel or remarkable person or thing
  2. obsolete a stranger
  3. (plural) news
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Word Origin

C15: variant of uncouth


  1. awkward; clumsy
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noun plural uncos
  1. an awkward or clumsy person
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Word Origin

C20: shortened form of uncoordinated
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