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- (archaic) Unfamiliar, strange, foreign.
- Antonym: (obsolete) couth
- 1819 June 23, Geoffrey Crayon [pseudonym; Washington Irving], “The Voyage”, in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., number I, New York, N.Y.: […] C. S. Van Winkle, […], OCLC 1090970992, page 14:
- There was a delicious sensation of mingled security and awe with which I looked down, from my giddy height, on the monsters of the deep at their uncouth gambols.
- Clumsy, awkward.
- Synonym: fremd
- Unrefined, crude.
- 1699, Samuel Garth, 'The Dispensary', Canto IV, line 204:
- Harsh words, though pertinent, uncouth appear: / None please the fancy, who offend the ear.
- 2014, James Lambert, “A Much Tortured Expression: A New Look At `Hobson-Jobson'”, in International Journal of Lexicography, volume 27, number 1, page 58:
- If Yule found it delightful, why did Kipling find it uncouth?
- 2021 May 10, Ian Prasad Philbrick, quoting Brian Fallon, “‘We May Not Have a Full Two Years’: Democrats’ Plans Hinge on Good Health”, in The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- “I don’t think it’s uncouth to talk about it. I think it’s a reality that has to inform the urgency with which we approach those issues.”
unfamiliar, strange, foreign