[uhng-koh]Scot. and North England


remarkable; extraordinary.
unusual; strange.


remarkably; extremely.

noun, plural un·cos.

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



adjective uncoer or uncoest

unfamiliar, strange, or odd
remarkable or striking


very; extremely
the unco guid narrow-minded, excessively religious, or self-righteous people

noun plural uncos or uncoes

a novel or remarkable person or thing
obsolete a stranger
(plural) news

Word Origin for unco

C15: variant of uncouth




awkward; clumsy

noun plural uncos

an awkward or clumsy person

Word Origin for unco

C20: shortened form of uncoordinated
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