Uncouth

Un*couth"

(n*kth"), a. [OE. uncouth, AS. unc unknown, strange: un- (see Un- not) + c known, p. p. of cunnan to know. See Can to be able, and cf. Unco, Unked.] 1. Unknown. [Obs.] "This uncouth errand." Milton.
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To leave the good that I had in hand,
In hope of better that was uncouth.
Spenser.
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2. Uncommon; rare; exquisite; elegant. [Obs.]
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Harness . . . so uncouth and so rich.
Chaucer.
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3. Unfamiliar; strange; hence, mysterious; dreadful; also, odd; awkward; boorish; as, uncouth manners. "Uncouth in guise and gesture." I. Taylor.
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I am surprised with an uncouth fear.
Shak.
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Thus sang the uncouth swain.
Milton.
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Syn. -- See Awkward.
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-- Un*couth"ly, adv. -- Un*couth"ness, n.
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