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couth

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adjective \ˈküth\

Definition of couth



Examples of couth in a sentence

  1. <he's remarkably couth for someone who grew up in a small town with limited cultural opportunities>



Origin and Etymology of couth

back-formation from uncouth


First Known Use: 1896


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couth

noun

Definition of couth

  1. :  polish, refinement <I expected kindness and gentility … but there is such a thing as too much couth — S. J. Perelman>



Examples of couth in a sentence

  1. <their future son-in-law's lack of couth was of some concern to this patrician couple>



1947

First Known Use of couth

1947

Rhymes with couth


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