Uncouth

  • 81 unpolished — I (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Rough] Syn. uneven, unlevel, unvarnished; see raw 2 , unfinished 2 . 2. [Vulgar] Syn. unrefined, unsophisticated, rude, crude, uncouth; see also awkward 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Not perfected,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 82 vulgar — I (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Lacking in refinement or taste] Syn. coarse, crude, crass, unrefined, uncouth, indelicate, boorish, uncultivated, gross, low, common, tasteless, inelegant, cheap, ostentatious, overdone, pretentious, gaudy, tacky*; see… …

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  • 83 can — [OE] English has two distinct words can. The verb ‘be able to’ goes back via Old English cunnan and Germanic *kunnan to an Indo European base *gn , which also produced know. The underlying etymological meaning of can is thus ‘know’ or more… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 84 can — {{11}}can (n.) O.E. canne a cup, container, from P.Gmc. *kanna (Cf. O.S., O.N., Swed. kanna, M.Du. kanne, Du. kan, O.H.G. channa, Ger. Kanne), probably an early borrowing from L.L. canna container, vessel, from L. canna reed, also reed pipe,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 85 couth — O.E. cuðe known, pp. of cunnan (see CAN (Cf. can) (v.)), from P.Gmc. *kunthaz (Cf. O.Fris. kuth known, O.S. cuth, O.H.G. kund, Ger. kund, Goth. kunþs known ). Died out as such 16c. with the emergence of COUL …

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  • 86 ignorant — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. ignorant (14c.), from L. ignorantia, from ignorantem (nom. ignorans), prp. of ignorare not to know, to be unacquainted; mistake, misunderstand; take no notice of, pay no attention to, from assimilated form of in… …

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  • 87 rough trade — n British a. a homosexual lover (usually a casual pick up) considered to be lower class, uncouth and/or violent. From the homo sexual underground slang of the 1950s, used for instance by male prostitutes about their customers. The phrase was… …

    Contemporary slang

  • 88 rough trade —    an uncouth male in a sexual role    Aggressive and often badly dressed or unwashed, he may be the consort, with whom she regularly copulates, of a wealthy or cultured woman:     ... being admonished... for her public Ugandan activities with… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 89 inelegant — a. 1. Ungraceful, awkward, ungainly, uncouth, homely, clumsy, rude, coarse. 2. Unpolished, uncourtly, unrefined, ungraceful, rough, homespun, uncouth, ungainly, awkward. 3. Plain, homely, awkward looking. 4. Stiff, constrained, harsh, crude, bald …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 90 barbarian — /baˈbɛəriən / (say bah bairreeuhn) noun 1. a person belonging to a non literate culture regarded as uncivilised, especially any of the ancient European peoples other than the Greeks and Romans. 2. an ignorant and uncouth person. –adjective 3.… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 91 yahoo — /ˈjahu / (say yahhooh), /jaˈhu / (say yah hooh) noun 1. a rough, coarse, or uncouth person. –interjection 2. (an exclamation expressing enthusiasm or delight.) –phrase 3. yahoo around (or about), to behave in a rough, uncouth manner. {from Yahoo …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 92 can — [OE] English has two distinct words can. The verb ‘be able to’ goes back via Old English cunnan and Germanic *kunnan to an Indo European base *gn , which also produced know. The underlying etymological meaning of can is thus ‘know’ or more… …

    Word origins

  • 93 couth — [ko͞oth] adj. [ME cuthe < OE cuth (see UNCOUTH); current use also back form. < UNCOUTH] 1. refined; polished; civilized: a humorous usage 2. Archaic known; familiar n. refinement; cultivation …

    English World dictionary

  • 94 rustic — [rus′tik] adj. [LME rustyk < MFr rustique < L rusticus < rus, the country: see RURAL] 1. of or living in the country, as distinguished from cities or towns; rural 2. lacking refinement, elegance, polish, or sophistication; specif., a)… …

    English World dictionary

  • 95 unco — [uŋ′kō] Scot. adj. [ME unkow, contr. < uncouth,UNCOUTH] 1. unknown; strange 2. weird; uncanny 3. notable; remarkable adv. remarkably; extremely; very n. pl. uncos …

    English World dictionary

  • 96 boorishness — noun 1. the manner of a rude or insensitive person • Derivationally related forms: ↑boorish • Hypernyms: ↑discourtesy, ↑rudeness 2. inelegance by virtue of being an uncouth boor • Syn: ↑uncouthness …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 97 uncouthly — adverb in an uncouth manner uncouthly, he told stories that made everybody at the table wince • Derived from adjective: ↑uncouth …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 98 uncouthness — noun inelegance by virtue of being an uncouth boor • Syn: ↑boorishness • Derivationally related forms: ↑uncouth • Hypernyms: ↑inelegance …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 99 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA — UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, country in N. America. This article is arranged according to the following outline: introduction Colonial Era, 1654–1776 Early National Period, 1776–1820 German Jewish Period, 1820–1880 East European Jewish Period,… …

    Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • 100 common as an old shoe — {adj. phr.}, {informal} Not showing off; not vain; modest; friendly to all. * /Although Mr. Jones ran a large business, he was common as an old shoe./ * /The most famous people are sometimes as common as an old shoe./ …

    Dictionary of American idioms


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