couldn't

contraction

ˈku̇-dᵊnt How to pronounce couldn't (audio)
-dᵊn,
 dialectal also  ˈku̇-tᵊn(t),
 or  ˈku̇nt
: could not

Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of couldn't was in 1646

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Cite this Entry

“Couldn't.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/couldn%27t. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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couldn't

: could not

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