Open main menu



From Middle English uncouth, from Old English uncūþ (unknown; unfamiliar; strange), from Proto-Germanic *unkunþaz (unknown), equivalent to un- +‎ couth.


  • IPA(key): /ʌnˈkuːθ/
  • (file)
    Rhymes: -uːθ


uncouth (comparative uncouther or more uncouth, superlative uncouthest or most uncouth)

  1. (archaic) Unfamiliar, strange, foreign.
    • 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.
  2. Clumsy, awkward.
  3. Unrefined, crude.
    • 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?


Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit