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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR UNCOUTHNESS

There was no thought now of his clothes and his uncouthness.

True, Robert was uncouth, but his uncouthness was that of a half-fledged angel.

The uncouthness which goes with bigness does not repel, it rather attracts.

Notwithstanding the uncouthness of his garb, his manners were not unpolished.

There were strangers in the room, and he was expostulated with for his uncouthness, but in vain.

Their uncouthness of expression stirred their countrymen's laughter.

In Australia, they are turned out while you wait, with all the uncouthness of their fathers.

It is true that at first the uncouthness and eccentricity were less prominent.

The roughness had been a little overdone, but it had added nothing to his own uncouthness.

Jacky looked radiant in spite of the uncouthness of her riding attire.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English uncuð "unknown, uncertain, unfamiliar," from un- (1) "not" + cuð "known, well-known," past participle of cunnan "to know" (see can (v.)). Meaning "strange, crude, clumsy" is first recorded 1510s. The compound (and the thing it describes) widespread in IE languages, cf. Latin ignorantem, Old Norse ukuðr, Gothic unkunþs, Sanskrit ajnatah, Armenian ancanaut', Greek agnotos, Old Irish ingnad "unknown."

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