Uncouth Un*couth", a. [OE. uncouth, AS. unc?? unknown, strange: un- (see {Un-} not) + c?? known, p. p. of cunnan to know. See {Can} to be able, and cf. {Unco}, {Unked}.] 1. Unknown. [Obs.] ``This uncouth errand.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

To leave the good that I had in hand, In hope of better that was uncouth. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. Uncommon; rare; exquisite; elegant. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Harness . . . so uncouth and so rish. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

3. Unfamiliar; strange; hence, mysterious; dreadful; also, odd; awkward; boorish; as, uncouth manners. ``Uncouth in guise and gesture.'' --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

I am surprised with an uncouth fear. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Thus sang the uncouth swain. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Awkward}. [1913 Webster] -- {Un*couth"ly}, adv. -- {Un*couth"ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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