Origin of uncouth
Examples from the Web for uncouth
Because while calling a passerby “sexy” may be uncouth, it shouldn't be illegal.
A child who masters the classics will stand apart from the uncouth boors on the school bus.
Sarkozy is known for running—television crews often film him, sweaty and uncouth, as he jogs in an NYPD t-shirt.
In this manner did he indulge in the wild and uncouth glee of a savage as ferocious as he was powerful.The Dead Boxer|William Carleton
They were honest, uncouth, simple; they were just like children, the children of the Wild.The Trail of '98|Robert W. Service
He was a great tragic artist in the rough, and his comedy displays an uncouth Rabelaisian realism.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature|John Addington Symonds
Whitman was as one crying in the wilderness, uncouth, unheeded save by the few.A History of American Literature Since 1870|Fred Lewis Pattee
I am an uncouth ruffian, I know; but if you will teach me, I will learn to be gentle in time.Lone Pine|R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
Word Origin 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."