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  • Jane spat into the fire, the most uncouth, ill-mannered act of her life.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Most of them uncouth, although very few were unearned.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • It was what you called refugees from Europe, and those who were stupid and uncouth and did not fit in.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Atticus’s mouth, even, was half-open, an attitude he had once described as uncouth.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird

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  • He was an uncouth man, but deeply imbued in the secrets of his science.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • When he reached the crest I saw the ragged uncouth figure outlined for an instant against the cold blue sky.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Toller, for that is his name, is a rough, uncouth man, with grizzled hair and whiskers, and a perpetual smell of drink.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • He ate in a ravenous way that was very disagreeable, and all his actions were uncouth, noisy, and greedy.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • That’s the kind of God you people talk about — a country bumpkin, a clumsy, bungling, brainless, conceited, uncouth hayseed.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • And besides all this, there was a certain lofty bearing about the Pagan, which even his uncouthness could not altogether maim.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • I deem it to be a tongue of the Black Land, since it is foul and uncouth.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • With a cry John seized the branch of a tree, whipped the crutch out of his armpit, and sent that uncouth missile hurtling through the air.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Shut it!" snarled an uncouth voice that Harry knew was that of the Carrow brother , Amycus, "Alecto?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Yet his time came, in the end, in the form of a little weazened man who spat broken English and many strange and uncouth exclamations which Buck could not understand.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • He remembered the shyness he had felt at approaching her in his uncouth clothes, and then the lighting up of her face, and the way she had broken through the group to come to him with a cup in her hand.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • Endeavoring, then, to collect his ideas, he prepared to perform that species of incantation, and those uncouth rites, under which the Indian conjurers are accustomed to conceal their ignorance and impotency.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • I felt uncouth.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Meanwhile, the merchants and ship-masters, the spruce clerks and uncouth sailors, entered and departed; the bustle of his commercial and Custom-House life kept up its little murmur round about him; and neither with the men nor their affairs did the General appear to sustain the most distant relation.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Noah Claypole’s mind might have been at ease after this assurance, but his body certainly was not; for he shuffled and writhed about, into various uncouth positions: eyeing his new friend meanwhile with mingled fear and suspicion.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • A violent babble of uncouth sounds burst out on the other side of the planks.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Lizaveta was of lower rank than her sister, unmarried and awfully uncouth in appearance, remarkably tall with long feet that looked as if they were bent outwards.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • I am sure you must have been struck by his awkward look and abrupt manner, and the uncouthness of a voice which I heard to be wholly unmodulated as I stood here.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • He’s most uncouth, Baron.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • They gazed awhile in admiration at my strange uncouth dress; my coat made of skins, my wooden-soled shoes, and my furred stockings; whence, however, they concluded, I was not a native of the place, who all go naked.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • They swarmed loud, uncouth about the temple, their heads thickplotting under maladroit silk hats.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Oh, I do know they were nothing but prison clothes, coarse and faded and uncouth, ma’am, well I know it-and prison clothes may not seem like much to those as has more.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • And such uncouth apparel!
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • How often did he shrink with curdling awe at the sound of his own steps on the frosty crust beneath his feet; and dread to look over his shoulder, lest he should behold some uncouth being tramping close behind him!
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • As he approached us, he began to make uncouth noises, and held up his hands to show us his fingers, which were webbed to the first knuckle, like a duck’s foot.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • With trembling fingers I listened to Miss Sullivan’s descriptions of the terrible beasts, with uncouth, unpronounceable names, which once went tramping through the primeval forests, tearing down the branches of gigantic trees for food, and died in the dismal swamps of an unknown age.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • It is uncouth to let it hang open like that.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • For the real presence of the Enemy, otherwise experienced by men in prayer and sacrament, we substitute a merely probable, remote, shadowy, and uncouth figure, one who spoke a strange language and died a long time ago.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • When others spoke they seemed harsh and uncouth by contrast; and if they gainsaid the voice, anger was kindled in the hearts of those under the spell.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • The people around us were hardworking, boisterous, a little proud of their nickname, yo-go-re, which meant literally uncouth one, or roughneck, or dead-end kid.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • Now it is all noise and crowds everywhere, and rude young hooligans idling in the street and dirty bazaars and uncouth behaviour, and no man thinks of another but schemes only for his money.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • The Captain thought so, and raved about her in uncouth convulsions.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • If this uncouth forest yield anything savage, I will either be food for it or bring it for food to thee.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • She could hear his voice in the distant furnace room giving directions to Aminadab, whose harsh, uncouth, misshapen tones were audible in response, more like the grunt or growl of a brute than human speech.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • He would become dreadful, hideous, and uncouth.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • She feared that the young boys about would address such remarks to her-boys who, beside Drouet, seemed uncouth and ridiculous.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • "Where?" asked K., almost uncouth in his surprise.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • The antique volume which I had taken up was the "Mad Trist" of Sir Launcelot Canning; but I had called it a favorite of Usher’s more in sad jest than in earnest; for, in truth, there is little in its uncouth and unimaginative prolixity which could have had interest for the lofty and spiritual ideality of my friend.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • His voice was deep and guttural, yet to Merry’s surprise he spoke the Common Speech, though in a halting fashion, and uncouth words were mingled with it.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • A dry-looking Englishman, in high boots and a short jacket, clean-shaven, except for a tuft below his chin, came to meet him, walking with the uncouth gait of jockey, turning his elbows out and swaying from side to side.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • I recollect once thinking there was something in his manner, uncouth as it was, that denoted a fall in life.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • And so they were unaccustomed, painfully uncouth in the simplest social intercourse, suffering, and yet insolent in their superiority.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • And besides all this they are harsh in their style, incredible in their achievements, licentious in their amours, uncouth in their courtly speeches, prolix in their battles, silly in their arguments, absurd in their travels, and, in short, wanting in everything like intelligent art; for which reason they deserve to be banished from the Christian commonwealth as a worthless breed.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • This is a simple cause, said Sir Gawaine; uncouth men ye should debate withal, and not brother with brother; therefore but if you will do by my counsel I will have ado with you, that is ye shall yield you unto me, and that ye go unto King Arthur and yield you unto his grace.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • It has seemed, therefore, worth attempting a version which, while adding nothing that is not vouched for by scholarship nor omitting anything of which the meaning is beyond doubt, yet will avoid the somewhat uncouth appearance of the line by line translation and will give the reader a straightforward narrative.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • I shall call hills steep, which ought to be bold; surfaces strange and uncouth, which ought to be irregular and rugged; and distant objects out of sight, which ought only to be indistinct through the soft medium of a hazy atmosphere.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
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