uncouth


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un·couth

 (ŭn-ko͞oth′)
adj.
1. Crude; unrefined.
2. Awkward or clumsy; ungraceful.
3. Archaic Foreign; unfamiliar.

[Middle English, unknown, strange, from Old English uncūth : un-, not; see un-1 + cūth, known; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]

un·couth′ly adv.
un·couth′ness n.

uncouth

(ʌnˈkuːθ)
adj
lacking in good manners, refinement, or grace
[Old English uncūth, from un-1 + cūth familiar; related to Old High German kund known, Old Norse kunnr]
unˈcouthly adv
unˈcouthness n

un•couth

(ʌnˈkuθ)

adj.
1. lacking manners or grace; clumsy; oafish.
2. rude, uncivil, or boorish: uncouth language.
3. strange and ungraceful in appearance or form.
[before 900; Middle English: unfamiliar, unknown; Old English uncūth=un- un-1 + cūth known, c. Old High German chund, Old Norse kunnr; orig. past participle of can1]
un•couth′ly, adv.
un•couth′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.uncouth - lacking refinement or cultivation or tasteuncouth - lacking refinement or cultivation or taste; "he had coarse manners but a first-rate mind"; "behavior that branded him as common"; "an untutored and uncouth human being"; "an uncouth soldier--a real tough guy"; "appealing to the vulgar taste for violence"; "the vulgar display of the newly rich"
unrefined - (used of persons and their behavior) not refined; uncouth; "how can a refined girl be drawn to such an unrefined man?"

uncouth

uncouth

adjective
Translations

uncouth

[ʌnˈkuːθ] ADJ (= unrefined) → grosero, inculto; (= clumsy) → torpe, desmañado

uncouth

[ʌnˈkuːθ] adjgrossier/ière, fruste

uncouth

adj personungehobelt, ordinär; behaviourunflätig, ungehobelt; mannersungeschliffen, ungehobelt; expression, wordunflätig, unfein; it’s very uncouth to eat with your handses ist sehr unfein, mit den Fingern zu essen

uncouth

[ʌnˈkuːθ] adj (old) → maleducato/a, rozzo/a, villano/a
References in classic literature ?
The ceremony made use of at the reception of a stranger is somewhat unusual; as soon as he enters, all the courtiers strike him with their cudgels till he goes back to the door; the amity then subsisting between us did not secure me from this uncouth reception, which they told me, upon my demanding the reason of it, was to show those whom they treated with that they were the bravest people in the world, and that all other nations ought to bow down before them.
But his affection took the rather uncouth form of expostulating with her about her work.
He disliked the fisher folk, who were rough, uncouth, and went to chapel.
It was in vain that Kory-Kory tempted me with food, or lighted my pipe, or sought to attract my attention by performing the uncouth antics that had sometimes diverted me.
The various bands of Captain Bonneville's company had now been assembled for some time at the rendezvous; they had had their fill of feasting, and frolicking, and all the species of wild and often uncouth merrymaking, which invariably take place on these occasions.
Mr Chester lighted the candles which stood upon his dressing-table, and wheeling an easy-chair towards the fire, which was yet burning, stirred up a cheerful blaze, sat down before it, and bade his uncouth visitor 'Come here,' and draw his boots off.
In Little Dorrit's eyes and ears, the uncouth figure and the uncouth sound were as pleasant as could be.
The sight, you may be sure, was something uncouth to our Spaniards, who were, to give them a just character, men of the most calm, sedate tempers, and perfect good humour, that ever I met with: and, in particular, of the utmost modesty: I say, the sight was very uncouth, to see three naked men and five naked women, all together bound, and in the most miserable circumstances that human nature could be supposed to be, viz.
When last he had seen her she had been his little, half-naked Mangani--wild, savage, and uncouth. She had not seemed uncouth to him then; but now, in the change that had come over her, he knew that such she had been; yet no more uncouth than he, and he was still uncouth.
But when the nurse saw his uncouth face and full beard, she was afraid and sprang up and fled and left the child.
I shall not copy the uncouth language, full of needless repetitions (and, if I know anything of the subject, not guiltless of bad grammar as well), in which my innocent husband was solemnly and falsely accused of poisoning his first wife.
An uncouth black figure of a man, a figure of no particular import, hung over the taffrail against the starlight, and I found Montgomery was speaking to me.