unco

adjective
un·co | \ ˈəŋ-(ˌ)kō , -kə \

Definition of unco 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 chiefly Scotland

a : strange, unknown

b : uncanny, weird

2 chiefly Scotland : extraordinary

unco

adverb

Definition of unco (Entry 2 of 3)

: extremely, remarkably, uncommonly you keep your room unco hot —R. L. Stevenson

unco

noun
plural uncos

Definition of unco (Entry 3 of 3)

1 uncos plural, chiefly Scotland : news, tidings

2 chiefly Scotland : stranger

Examples of unco in a Sentence

Adverb

has written an unco fine novel about the war

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Soldiers and militiamen immediately started murdering Tutsis and unco-operative Hutus. The Economist, "Paul Kagame, feted and feared," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of unco

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

1721, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for unco

Adjective

Middle English (Scots) unkow, alteration of Middle English uncouth

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