- (archaic) Unfamiliar, strange, foreign.
- Antonym: couth (obsolete)
- 1819: Washington Irving, The Sketch Book (The Voyage)
- There was a delicious sensation of mingled security and awe with which I looked down, from my giddy height, on the monsters of the deep at their uncouth gambols.
- Clumsy, awkward.
- Unrefined, crude.
- Antonym: couth
- 1699, Samuel Garth, 'The Dispensary', Canto IV, line 204:
- Harsh words, though pertinent, uncouth appear:
None please the fancy, who offend the ear.
- 2014, James Lambert, “A Much Tortured Expression: A New Look At `Hobson-Jobson'”, in International Journal of Lexicography, volume 27, number 1, page 58:
- If Yule found it delightful, why did Kipling find it uncouth?
unfamiliar, strange, foreign