Definition of unco in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌŋkə/


Unusual or remarkable.
Example sentences
  • I was so excited I tripped and twisted my ankle (although not, of course, in an unco way).
  • So he mounted the blocks in his resplendent blue Speedos and did a massive unco belly flop on the starters gun.
  • A straight right, an upper cut, a right hook or some unco combination of all three?


[as submodifier]
Remarkably; very: it’s got an unco fine taste
More example sentences
  • Colours mingled unco fine.

noun (plural uncos)

1A stranger.
Example sentences
  • Best of all, even a total unco like me can complete the tasks with a bit of practice.
1.1 (uncos) News.
Example sentences
  • Each tells the uncos that he sees or hears.


the unco guid

Pronunciation: /ɡɪd/
chiefly derogatory Strictly religious people.
Example sentences
  • Malawi has had a long record as fashion accessory to the unco guid in Edinburgh.
  • We are not a humourless, unco guid congregation - far from it.
  • The unco guid, who held Scotland in thrall to the ducking-stool in times past, have reinvented themselves.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'unknown, strange'): alteration of uncouth.

Words that rhyme with unco

bunco, junco

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