Meaning of UNCOUTH in English

|ən|küth adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English uncūth, from un- (I) + cūth known, familiar — more at couth


a. archaic : not known or familiar to one : unaccustomed

toiled out my uncouth passage — John Milton

b. archaic : seldom experienced : wonderful , uncommon , rare

c. obsolete : mysterious , uncanny

surprised with an uncouth fear — Shakespeare

d. : not usually or normally encountered or used : odd , unfamiliar

the air was full of the sounds of uncouth instruments — Arnold Bennett

whipped the crutch out of his armpit, and sent that uncouth missile hurtling through the air — R.L.Stevenson


a. : seldom visited or frequented : desolate , solitary

if this uncouth forest yield anything savage — Shakespeare

b. : uncomfortable , unpleasant

found conditions rough and uncouth — E.M.Coulter


a. : strange or clumsy in shape or appearance : outlandish

crouching down behind the bulwarks, uncouth in his equipment — Nevil Shute

made his own glass, thick and uncouth but homemade — O.S.J.Gogarty

b. : lacking in polish and grace : rugged

a composer with a bold, uncouth quality — Aaron Copland

the essential jargon is necessarily uncouth — Times Literary Supplement

c. : awkward and uncultivated in appearance, manner, or behavior : rude

the inherent courtesy and tenderness of the untutored and uncouth human being — Harrison Smith

d. : marked by or revealing a lack of cultivation and refinement : boorish

their laughter was often uncouth , often boastful — Bergen Evans

uncouth to converse while at meals — Nora Waln

embarrassed by the uncouth stare — Liam O'Flaherty

• un·couth·ly adverb

• un·couth·ness noun -es

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.