From Middle English, from Old English selcūþ, seldcūþ (“unusual, unwonted, little known, unfamiliar, novel, rare”), from seld- (“rarely”) + cūþ (“known”); equivalent to seld + couth.
selcouth (comparative more selcouth, superlative most selcouth)
- Strange, unusual, rare; unfamiliar; marvellous, wondrous.
1814, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, Reprint edition, Penguin, published 2000, page 244:
- 'A selcouth novelty,’ muttered the knight, ‘to advance to storm such a castle without pennon or banner displayed.'
2002, Edward Cline, Sparrowhawk II: Hugh Kenrick (Fiction), Digitized edition, MacAdam/Cage Pub., published 2011, ISBN 9781931561204, page 318:
- The statements in either document are unique and selcouth.
2007, Mark Youngblood Herring, “Caught in the Web”, in Fool's Gold: Why the Internet is no Substitute for a Library, McFarland, ISBN 9780786430826, page 37:
- Left to its own devices and without the Web as a vehicle for misinforming others, the selcouth dogmas that forbade sexual relations ...
strange, rare, marvellous