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uncouth

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adjective un·couth \ən-ˈküth\

Simple Definition of uncouth

  • : behaving in a rude way : not polite or socially acceptable

Full Definition of uncouth

  1. 1 a archaic :  not known or not familiar to one :  seldom experienced :  uncommon, rare b obsolete :  mysterious, uncanny

  2. 2 a :  strange or clumsy in shape or appearance :  outlandish b :  lacking in polish and grace :  rugged <uncouth verse> c :  awkward and uncultivated in appearance, manner, or behavior :  rude

un·couth·ly adverb
un·couth·ness noun

Examples of uncouth

  1. People thought he was uncouth and uncivilized.

  2. <will not tolerate any uncouth behavior, such as eating with one's mouth open>



Origin of uncouth

Middle English, from Old English uncūth, from un- + cūth familiar, known; akin to Old High German kund known, Old English can know — more at can


First Known Use: before 12th century



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