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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coarse, common, rough-cut, uncouth, vulgaradjective

    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"


  1. uncouthadjective

    Unfamiliar, strange, foreign.

  2. uncouthadjective

    Clumsy, awkward.

  3. uncouthadjective

    Unrefined, crude.

  4. Etymology: uncuþ;.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Uncouthadjective

    Odd; strange; unusual.

    Etymology: uncuð , Saxon.

    A very uncouth sight was to behold,
    How he did fashion his untoward pace;
    For as he forward mov’d his footing old,
    So backward still was turn’d his wrinkled face. Fairy Queen.

    The lovers standing in this doleful wise,
    A warrior bold unwares approached near,
    Uncouth in arms yclad, and strange disguise. Edward Fairfax.

    I am surprized with an uncouth fear;
    A chilling sweat o’erruns my trembling joints;
    My heart suspects more than mine eye can see. William Shakespeare.

    The trouble of thy thoughts this night
    Affects me equally; nor can I like
    This uncouth dream, of evil sprung, I fear. John Milton.

    Say on;
    For I that day was absent, as befel,
    Bound on a voyage uncouth, and obscure,
    Far on excursion toward the gates of hell. John Milton.

    It was so uncouth a sight, for a fox to appear without a tail, that the very thought made him weary of his life. Roger L'Estrange.

    The secret ceremonies I conceal,
    Uncouth, perhaps unlawful to reveal. Dryden.

    I am more in danger to misunderstand his true meaning, than if I had come to him with a mind unpossessed by doctors of my sect, whose reasonings will of course make all chime that way, and make the genuine meaning of the author seem harsh, strained, and uncouth to me. John Locke.

    He made that a pleasant study, which, in the hands of Bartolus and Baldus, was uncouth and rugged. Thomas Baker.


  1. uncouth

    Uncouth generally refers to lacking good manners, refinement, or grace. It can also refer to a person or their behavior being awkward, clumsy, or unfamiliar.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Uncouthadjective


  2. Uncouthadjective

    uncommon; rare; exquisite; elegant

  3. Uncouthadjective

    unfamiliar; strange; hence, mysterious; dreadful; also, odd; awkward; boorish; as, uncouth manners

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Uncouth

    un-kōōth′, adj. awkward, ungraceful, esp. in manners or language, grotesque, odd.—adv. Uncouth′ly.—n. Uncouth′ness. [A.S. uncúdhun-, not, cúdh, gecúdh, known—cunnan, to know.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of uncouth in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of uncouth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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    given to or marked by the consumption of alcohol
    • A. inexpiable
    • B. repugnant
    • C. bibulous
    • D. motile

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