unco

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

Origin of unco

1375–1425; late Middle English; variant of uncouth
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Examples from the Web for unco

Historical Examples of unco

  • "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


British Dictionary definitions for unco

unco

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

Word Origin for unco

C15: variant of uncouth

unco

2
adjective
  1. awkward; clumsy
noun plural uncos
  1. an awkward or clumsy person

Word Origin for unco

C20: shortened form of uncoordinated
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