Uncouth is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of uncouth, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
EXAMPLES - Uncouth in a Sentence
- How "uncouth", hey? sometimes I even get a hotdog. (source)
- There were groups of rangers in every kind of uncouth garb. (source)
- Build on facts, not some silly argument about who's "uncouth". (source)
- The landscape artist John Constable dismissed Turner as 'uncouth' (source)
- The thought did occur that I might look like an uncouth barbarian. (source)
- But a person to-day is not justified in using "uncouth" for "unknown." (source)
- I'm sure you're dying to know what I did to deserve such uncouth treatment. (source)
- Perhaps he thinks I'm frivolous and "uncouth," -- as Nora sometimes says I am. (source)
- Alex Knepper may have a penchant for the occasional uncouth sexual joke, but David Swindle (source)
- I am told that Mel Gibson comes across as abusive, drunk, obscenely uncouth and threatening. (source)
- "uncouth", but just don't like people reading my emails while sitting next to me on the plane. (source)
- He described the present leaders as "uncouth", adding: "Albert Luthuli must be turning in his grave." (source)
- "Every kind of uncouth roughness [toutes les rudesses sauvages] inspired him with aversion," says Liszt. (source)
- Well, you said you wanted to appear uncouth, and part of being uncouth is being like a rube, or 'stupid'. (source)
- It may be spiritually 'uncouth' in some circles to admit feelings or needs, but it's hard to heal in these environments. (source)
- He was, of course, in Chinese eyes no more than a barbarian, an uncouth and vulgar interloper to whom no attention should properly be paid. (source)
- Until the uncouth, foul-mouthed Commodore (Cornelius) Vanderbilt died, no member of the Vanderbilt family was accepted into the Four Hundred. (source)
- Characters who used ethnic slurs were fairly clearly being signaled as uncouth, unpleasant, generally not the sort of person you wanted to be. (source)
- I shall refrain from taking issue with your amateurish use of repetition as well as your uncouth use of numerals at the beginning of your sign. (source)
- CHEVY CHASE: To Kodiak, ageing men did come In search desperate for their youthTrouble they found and bubble permsNot to mention humour uncouth. (source)
- And for most of the 19th century, America was the immature, uncouth cousin that required huge infusions of European capital to build its railroads. (source)
- They say it signals the triumph of the tea party and other allegedly uncouth sorts, which is said to be bad for bipartisanship and other Beltway bromides. (source)
- Infidels must not be allowed to coin uncouth meanings for words, different from the known usage of the English tongue, for which Webster is undeniable authority. (source)
- In high circles in South Alabama showing up early or at the precise time invited is a faux pas of immense miscalculation and considered a sign of uncouth upbringing. (source)
- They seemed to imagine him to be a kind of uncouth monster, possibly the slave of this radiant being which had come so strangely from somewhere beyond the cloud-veil. (source)
- For example, in alt.punk, I knew I wanted to instill the grime and gore of a Misfits song into Otis, so I engineered him into an uncouth musician interested in horror film makeup. (source)
- I am not without regard for the Merriam-Webster dictionary, but my advice to those who do not want to be regarded as anything from uneducated to uncouth is to stick with the unadorned (source)
- Alex Knepper may have a penchant for the occasional uncouth sexual joke, but Swindle's assertion that he represents a danger to children is entirely unwarranted -- and potentially libelous. (source)
- Mayawati, Jayalalithaa and Banerjee have suffered even physical assaults by uncouth rivals, a remarkable pattern that reveals how high the odds are stacked against women politicians in India. (source)
- Akebono, the behemoth from Samoa, provided the perfect foil for Takanohana, an "uncouth" (that was the image portrayed) wrestler who kept things exciting and made for tournament drama time after time. (source)
- Florence was the one exception on the Atwater side: she was far, far from thinking or speaking of Noble Dill in that way, although, until she looked up "uncouth" in Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, she had not found suitable means to describe him. (source)
- This picture, mamma says, was an excellent likeness of him when he was twenty-eight years old; and the biographers who are so prone to describe him in his younger days as having been "uncouth" and "awkward," would be, I think, much startled if they could see it. (source)
- And that latter saying is true, though it must be remembered that Hallam wrote in the period when no English was recognized by literary people except that of the upper level, when they did not know that these so-called uncouth phrases were to return to common use. (source)
- Possibly some of us have been doing independent research into the state of health care financing and US policy since the first Bush was in office, and have been able to draw our own conclusions about Moore's information not based on his appearance or "uncouth" behavior? (source)
- In another instance, Young continued: You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind... (source)
- "uncouth" orders, Brauchitsch saw Guderian at 2nd Army head - quarters at Gomel and told him that it was necessary to contract the front of the Panzer advance because of the need to keep as many divisions as possible fresh for the attack on Moscow, scheduled for early October. (source)
- Pink Upham is anybody to be considered seriously! "she exclaimed, as she recalled his uncouth laugh, his barbaric taste in dress, his provincial little habits and mannerisms, which in the parlance of the Warwick Hall girls, would have stamped him" dead common "according to their standards. (source)
- The appearance of our troop was suited to the country; stretching along in a line of upward of half a mile in length, winding among brakes and bushes, and up and down in the defiles of the hills, the men in every kind of uncouth garb, with long rifles on their shoulders, and mounted on horses of every color. (source)
- He, being every day alarmed at the prospect of a successor, addressed himself to the task of conciliating Valens, who was of a rustic and rather simple character, by tickling him with all kinds of disguised flattery and caresses, calling his uncouth language and rude expressions "flowers of Ciceronian eloquence." (source)
- "greatness of soul itself, if it be isolated from the duties of social life, is but a kind of uncouth churlishness", -- so it is each citizen's duty to leave his philosophic seclusion of a cloister, and take his place in public life, if the times demand it, "though he be able to number the stars and measure out the world". (source)
- However, if deep in his chest there are buried some strong emotions, if he is holding back because he believes it is uncouth to voice one's feeling; if he keeps these feelings under the hood because he long ago learned not to fall prey to them -- then the time has come for some quick lessons by one of his many method-acting friends. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 52.0, which suggests that "uncouth" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 40 synonyms for uncouth.
awkward, barbaric, boorish, cheap, clownish, coarse, crass, crude, discourteous, disgracious, gawky, graceless, gross, heavy-handed, ill-bred, ill-mannered, impertinent, impolite, inelegant, loud, loud-mouthed, loutish, oafish, raunchy, raw, rough, rude, rustic, strange, tacky, uncalled-for, uncivil, uncivilized, ungainly, ungenteel, ungentlemanly, unpolished, unrefined, unseemly, vulgar
We have 6 antonyms for uncouth.
agile, couth, cultivated, polished, refined, sophisticated
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of uncouth from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Crude; unrefined.
- (adjective) Awkward or clumsy; ungraceful.
- (adjective) Archaic Foreign; unfamiliar.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Unfamiliar, strange, foreign.
- (adjective) Clumsy, awkward.
- (adjective) Unrefined, crude.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Unknown.
- (adjective) Uncommon; rare; exquisite; elegant.
- (adjective) Unfamiliar; strange; hence, mysterious; dreadful; also, odd; awkward; boorish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Not known.
- (None) Not commonly known; not familiar; strange; foreign.
- (None) Strange and suspicious; uncanny; such as to arouse suspicion, dread, fear, or alarm.
- (None) Strange and awkward; characterized by awkwardness, clumsiness, or oddity: now the usual meaning: as, uncouth manners or behavior.
- (None) Not knowing; ignorant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) lacking refinement or cultivation or taste