from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Crude; unrefined.
  • adj. Awkward or clumsy; ungraceful.
  • adj. Archaic Foreign; unfamiliar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Unfamiliar, strange, foreign.
  • adj. Clumsy, awkward.
  • adj. Unrefined, crude.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Unknown.
  • adj. Uncommon; rare; exquisite; elegant.
  • adj. Unfamiliar; strange; hence, mysterious; dreadful; also, odd; awkward; boorish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not known.
  • Not commonly known; not familiar; strange; foreign.
  • Strange and suspicious; uncanny; such as to arouse suspicion, dread, fear, or alarm.
  • Strange and awkward; characterized by awkwardness, clumsiness, or oddity: now the usual meaning: as, uncouth manners or behavior.
  • Not knowing; ignorant.
  • Synonyms . Ungainly, Bungling, etc. See awkward.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking refinement or cultivation or taste


Middle English, unknown, strange, from Old English uncūth : un-, not; see un-1 + cūth, known; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English uncūþ; un- +‎ couth. (Wiktionary)



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