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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.
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Noun1.uncouthness - inelegance by virtue of being an uncouth booruncouthness - inelegance by virtue of being an uncouth boor
inelegance - the quality of lacking refinement and good taste
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Grimy sailors came down out of the foretop placidly announcing themselves as "a handful of private citizens of America, traveling simply for recreation and unostentatiously," etc.; the coal passers moved to their duties in the profound depths of the ship, explaining the blackness of their faces and their uncouthness of dress, with the reminder that they were "a handful of private citizens, traveling simply for recreation," etc., and when the cry rang through the vessel at midnight: "EIGHT BELLS!--LARBOARD WATCH, TURN OUT!" the larboard watch came gaping and stretching out of their den, with the everlasting formula: "Aye-aye, sir!
She saw but what she chose to see, and she chose always to see the best, avoiding coarseness and uncouthness without effort, as a matter of instinct.
The way they looked at her made her uncomfortable, she knew not why; while there was an uncouthness and roughness about them that did not please her.
And besides all this, there was a certain lofty bearing about the Pagan, which even his uncouthness could not altogether maim.
Happily she belonged to a generation which expected uncouthness in its men, and she merely felt convinced that this Mr.
How could he,--so yellow as she was, so wrinkled, so sad of mien, with that odd uncouthness of a turban on her head, and that most perverse of scowls contorting her brow,--how could he love to gaze at her?
The two young men were the only talkers, but they, standing by the fire, talked over the too common neglect of the qualification, the total inattention to it, in the ordinary school-system for boys, the consequently natural, yet in some instances almost unnatural, degree of ignorance and uncouthness of men, of sensible and well-informed men, when suddenly called to the necessity of reading aloud, which had fallen within their notice, giving instances of blunders, and failures with their secondary causes, the want of management of the voice, of proper modulation and emphasis, of foresight and judgment, all proceeding from the first cause: want of early attention and habit; and Fanny was listening again with great entertainment.
I am sure you must have been struck by his awkward look and abrupt manner, and the uncouthness of a voice which I heard to be wholly unmodulated as I stood here."
A certain savage uncouthness seemed to have fallen upon him during the last few minutes.
And the clumsy figure of the man plodding at the head of the leading horse projected itself on the back- ground of the Infinite with a heroic uncouthness. The end of his carter's whip quivered high up in the blue.
He inherited a constitution of iron, great physical strength, and fearless self-assertiveness, but also hypochondria (persistent melancholy), uncouthness of body and movement, and scrofula, which disfigured his face and greatly injured his eyesight.
Kierkegaard spoke about the possibility of losing the person's spirituality: "If people refer to the idea only massively" (apart from the individual distinction of the spiritual principle), in this case we, in the opinion of Great Dane, receive violence, anarchy, rebellions; but if there is no idea for people in the masses and no individually separated essential spiritual principle, then we will have the result of both rudeness and uncouthness. For M.