Definitions

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  • adj. Alternative form of couthie.

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  • adj. (chiefly Scottish) agreeable and genial

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Examples

  • You can use your own couthy metaphor to describe what it will be like when Alex Salmond takes first minister's questions at Holyrood on Thursday.

    Come on, someone must want to lead Labour | Kevin McKenna

  • That's if he can find an irritatingly couthy Scots phrase to crowbar into his soundbite, of course ...

    Boiling a Frog

  • I spier'd for my cousin fu 'couthy and sweet, [asked, kindly]

    Robert Burns How To Know Him

  • There is something warm and hospitable -- if he knew the language well enough he would call it couthy -- in the greeting that he gets from the shepherd on the moor, and the conversation that he holds with the farmer's wife in the stone cottage, where he stops to ask for a drink of milk and a bit of oat-cake.

    Little Rivers; a book of essays in profitable idleness

  • "Tammas, ma puir fallow, if it could avail, a 'tell ye a' wud lay doon this auld worn-oot ruckle o 'a body o' mine juist tae see ye baith sittin 'at the fireside, an' the bairns roond ye, couthy an 'canty again; but it's no tae be, Tammas, it's no tae be."

    A Doctor of the Old School — Volume 2

  • Drumtochty hes an idea o 'itsel', and peety the man 'at tries tae drive them, but they' re couthy.

    Kate Carnegie and Those Ministers

  • It is a long walk through the snow, but there is a kindly, couthy smell from the woods, and at sight of the squares of light in his home, weariness departs from a Drumtochty man.

    Kate Carnegie and Those Ministers

  • We had tender words also, that still bring the tears to my eyes, and chief among them was "couthy."

    Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush

  • "Tammas, ma puir fallow, if it could avail, a 'tell ye a' wud lay doon this auld worn-oot ruckle o 'a body o' mine juist tae see ye baith sittin 'at the fireside, an' the bairns round ye, couthy an 'canty again; but it's nae tae be, Tammas, it's nae tae be."

    Stories by English Authors: Scotland (Selected by Scribners)

  • A sort of _couthy_, _pauky_, confidentially flattering way that he had with them, pleased them, and contributed greatly to keep them true to his counter.

    Alec Forbes of Howglen

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  • couthy – a much underused antonym of uncouth

    January 13, 2007