[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. uncounted,
  2. uncouple,
  3. uncourteous,
  4. uncourteously,
  5. uncourtly,
  6. uncovenanted,
  7. uncover,
  8. uncovered,
  9. uncredited,
  10. uncritical

Origin of uncouth

before 900; Middle English; Old English uncūth (see un-1, couth2); cognate with Dutch onkond

Related formsun·couth·ly, adverbun·couth·ness, noun

Synonym study

1. See boorish.

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British Dictionary definitions for uncouth


/ (ʌnˈkuːθ) /


lacking in good manners, refinement, or grace
Derived Formsuncouthly, adverbuncouthness, noun

Word Origin for uncouth

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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