unco

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See also: uncó and uncò

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Scots unco, shortening of uncouth.

Adjective[edit]

unco (comparative more unco, superlative most unco)

  1. Strange, weird.
    • 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 18:
      And the second quean was Hope and she was near as unco as Faith, but had right bonny hair, red hair, though maybe you'd call it auburn [...].

Adverb[edit]

unco (not comparable)

  1. (Scotland, northern UK) Very.
    • 1920, Tod Robbins, Who Wants a Green Bottle?, 2007, Freaks And Fantasies, page 70,
      ‘Ye should tear up this carpet, Robbie,’ Uncle Peter called back over his shoulder. ‘It's most unco wearisome when a body′s leg-weary.’
    • 1996, Alasdair Gray, ‘The Story of a Recluse’, Canongate 2012 (Every Short Story 1951-2012), p. 267:
      Jamie has met only two kids of women: the mainly elderly and unco good who belong to his father's congregation, and those who drink in pubs and shebeens used by nearly penniless medical students.

Etymology 2[edit]

From uncoordinated.

Adjective[edit]

unco (comparative more unco, superlative most unco)

  1. (slang, New Zealand, Australia) Uncoordinated.
    • 2006, Alexis Wright, Carpentaria, page 106,
      ‘Aren′t he the most unco kid you ever come across?’ Norm refused to have Kevin on his boat even if he begged to be taken because he was too clumsy.

Esperanto[edit]

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Noun[edit]

unco (accusative singular uncon, plural uncoj, accusative plural uncojn)

  1. ounce

Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

uncō

  1. dative singular of uncus
  2. ablative singular of uncus

Scots[edit]

Adjective[edit]

unco (comparative mair unco, superlative maist unco)

  1. unknown, strange
  2. unusual, odd
  3. great

Adverb[edit]

unco

  1. very