couth


1couth

adjective \ˈküth\

Definition of COUTH

Examples of COUTH

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

Origin of COUTH

back-formation from uncouth
First Known Use: 1896

2couth

noun

Definition of COUTH

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

Examples of COUTH

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

First Known Use of COUTH

1947

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