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Syllabification: un·couth
Pronunciation: /ˌənˈko͞oTH

Definition of uncouth in English:


1(Of a person or their appearance or behavior) lacking good manners, refinement, or grace: he is unwashed, uncouth, and drunk most of the time
More example sentences
  • I haven't done anything to you, so I can't see the reason why I am treated in such an uncouth manner.
  • Feeling guilty about repossessing the Massie family home, Cooper and Leah hire Dale as a labourer on the property, but secretly object to his table manners and uncouth ways.
  • Max is unsophisticated, uncouth, rough and tough - but his heart is in the right place.
uncivilized, uncultured, uncultivated, unrefined, unpolished, unsophisticated, bush-league, common, plebeian, low, rough, rough-hewn, coarse, loutish, boorish, oafish, troglodyte;
churlish, uncivil, rude, impolite, discourteous, disrespectful, unmannerly, bad-mannered, ill-bred, indecorous, crass, indelicate;
vulgar, crude, raunchy
1.1(Especially of art or language) lacking sophistication or delicacy: uncouth sketches of peasants
More example sentences
  • The figure in blue pointed and gave a command in an uncouth language.
  • The uncouth language of the younger generation was particularly distressing.
  • Squalid public bickering was unknown to him, let alone the use of uncouth language.
1.2 archaic (Of a place) uncomfortable, especially because of remoteness or poor conditions.
Example sentences
  • But, like many other prosperous geezers, they would prefer to hit the links and avoid uncouth places where nobody has heard of Metamucil.


Old English uncūth 'unknown', from un-1 'not' + cūth (past participle of cunnan 'know, be able').



Example sentences
  • He hated when guys talked about his sister, especially in that degrading uncouthly lewd way they loved, especially in the locker rooms.
  • Also, I responded rather uncouthly to Tom's amusement when he found out that I had gotten detention.
  • Evander stared at her uncouthly when her face was revealed to him fully by the lights from the front of the venue.


Example sentences
  • Probably not very, given the essential uncouthness of the town, but at least it shows they're trying.
  • The penchant for booing by baseball spectators probably reached its lowest level of uncouthness in 1985 when the first-place Toronto Blue Jays met the second-place Yankees in the opener of a crucial four-game series at Yankee Stadium.
  • Uncertain what to be more mad at, Eric's drugs, Eric's uncouthness, or his own inability to think, he turned his head back towards Bryan's smirking cousin.

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