from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Marked by or possessing a high degree of sophistication; refined: "Many picnics manage without this sophistication, but we like to be couth and feel that the delicacies of gracious living enhance the chances” ( John Gould).
- n. Refinement; sophistication: "The man has no couth” ( Los Angeles Times).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. known, renowned
- v. Past participle of can
- adj. Marked by or possessing a high degree of sophistication; cultured, refined.
- n. Social grace, sophistication; manners; refinement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Could; was able; knew or known; understood.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Knew; was able: an obsolete form of could.
- Known; well-known; usual; customary: an obsolete past participle of can.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (used facetiously) refined
Back-formation from uncouth.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English couth, doublet of could; from Old English cūþ ("known, plain, manifest, certain, well known, usual, noted, excellent, famous, intimate, familiar, friendly, related"), from Proto-Germanic *kunþaz (“known”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵen-, *ǵno- (“to know”). Cognate with Scots couth ("known, familiar"), Eastern Frisian cut ("known"), Dutch kond ("known"), German kund ("known"), Icelandic kuðr, kunnur ("known"), Gothic 𐌺𐌿𐌽𐌸𐍃 (kunþs, "known"). (Wiktionary)
Back-formation from uncouth. (Wiktionary)