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  • n. The characteristic of being uncouth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being uncouth; strangeness; oddness: as, the uncouthness of a word or of dress. Something that is uncouth or odd.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. inelegance by virtue of being an uncouth boor


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  • Her manner to him was so gentle and gracious that Mrs. Gibson became alarmed, lest, in spite of his 'uncouthness' (as she was pleased to term it), he might come to be preferred to Osborne, who was so strangely neglecting his own interests, in Mrs. Gibson's opinion.

    Wives and Daughters

  • In the email, Bourne, 60, from Dawlish, Devon, apparently rebukes Withers, 29, for her behaviour during a visit to the family in April, which she describes as "staggering in its uncouthness and lack of grace".

    Mother-in-law's withering email to bride-to-be goes viral

  • The story is vaguely compelling, shot through with occasional snatches of uncouthness.

    2010 April 06 « The BookBanter Blog

  • Bruno doesn't know why he learns so quickly - "My father never quite lost his touch of aboriginal uncouthness" - but under the tutelage of an autistic janitor and a very liberal-minded cognitive psychologist named Lydia Littlemore, he emerges from his "prelapsarian nudity" and enters the world of conscious thought, "the awesome thaumaturgy of mere language."

    Review of Benjamin Hale's 'Evolution of Bruno Littlemore': Aping human love

  • The way they looked at her made her uncomfortable, she knew not why; while there was an uncouthness and roughness about them that did not please her.

    Chapter 2

  • She saw but what she chose to see, and she chose always to see the best, avoiding coarseness and uncouthness without effort, as a matter of instinct.

    Chapter 2

  • Oliver went to the front door to welcome him and brought him into the kitchen, where his urbanity, like Oliver's, at once understood the inner worth, ignoring the outer rustic uncouthness, of the third individual at the table.

    The Elvis Latte

  • Thomas Campion, in 1602 or so, came out with an attack on the uncouthness of rhyme, which was very strange for him to do because he was one of the great lute-song writers of the day.


  • Rather than a well-dressed martyr disgusted by the general uncouthness in Washington, why can't we have an updated version of the '70s hero?

    Darrell Hartman: The Walker

  • Indeed, to Western observers, Falun Gong public relations carried some of the uncouthness of Communist party culture: a perception that practitioners tended to exaggerate, to create torture tableaux straight out of a Cultural Revolution opera, to spout slogans rather than facts.

    Archive 2008-11-01


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