from The Century Dictionary.

  • Unusual; odd; strange; ugly; hence, solitary; dangerous. [Obsolete or provincial.]

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Prov. Eng. Odd; strange; ugly; old; uncouth.
  • adjective Prov. Eng. Lonely; dreary; unkard.

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  • adjective UK, dialect odd; strange
  • adjective UK, dialect ugly
  • adjective UK, dialect old
  • adjective UK, dialect uncouth
  • adjective UK, dialect lonely; dreary; unkard


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From un- + an old past participle form of kithe.


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  • Frank was frightened without knowing why; it was all so "unked," as he would have expressed it, and as he stared about with terrified eyes he seemed to see mysterious forms moving near.

    Our Frank and other stories Amy Walton 1873

  • But a man that's had a deal to do, feels quite unked at first, when he's only got to look and stare about him, and just walk from one room to another, without no employment. '

    Camilla 2008

  • But he continued with his usual steadiness; 'Why, that was but a unked morning we was together so long, ma'am, in my new summerhouse.

    Camilla 2008

  • "It isn't often I like to be fidgetted and followed; but anything's better than being alone in that unked place."

    Fenton's Quest 1875

  • "Phew!" he said, with a fresh expiration of the breath; "it's a gashly unked place, and the more you look the unkeder it gets, so here goes."

    Menhardoc George Manville Fenn 1870

  • "I dessay we could find a lot of things here on this side," said Griggs quietly to the boys, who generally kept with him for companion, "but it would be an unked job with shovel and sieve to clear out one of those cells."

    The Peril Finders George Manville Fenn 1870

  • "Oh! I say, don't think about home, Mas 'Don, because if you do, I shall too; it do make me so unked."

    The Adventures of Don Lavington Nolens Volens George Manville Fenn 1870

  • "I hope so, sir, but I feel unked like, and as if something's very wrong."

    Sappers and Miners The Flood beneath the Sea George Manville Fenn 1870

  • "Ah, it would make you feel a bit unked, my lad," said the boatswain,

    Fitz the Filibuster George Manville Fenn 1870

  • I am glad you young gents come, for it was getting very unked and queer all alone.

    Fitz the Filibuster George Manville Fenn 1870


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  • unked-dismal or lonely

    October 18, 2008

  • Said Ernest, contrite and compunct,
    "When tested I surely have flunked.
    I called it a fraud
    But the word is just odd,
    Not pompous or phony, just unked.

    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    April 29, 2016