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Definition lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
  • Atticus's mouth, even, was half-open, an attitude he had once described as uncouth.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
uncouth = crude (demonstrating a lack of refinement or good taste)
  • His gait, his attitudes, his gestures, his bearing, his laugh—all were vulgar and uncouth; his manners were the manners of a slave.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • Uncouth and unruly they might be, yet the wildlings were his, and he trusted them more than any of his father's men.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • 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
  • Jane spat into the fire, the most uncouth, ill-mannered act of her life.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • And such uncouth apparel!
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Even Cooper in his own uncouth way.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Outwardly the man was rude and uncouth, even savage.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • I know I am wild, and uncouth, and ungainly—
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • 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
  • 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
  • He ate in a ravenous way that was very disagreeable, and all his actions were uncouth, noisy, and greedy.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • 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
  • The Sergeant-President, an uncouth, barbaric man, had only one thing in common with the Emperor: he'd never let Eritrea secede.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • 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
  • It would have been considered totally uncouth and cruel to mention to someone that he or she had been here for three years to the day—it was not done.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • 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
  • "Where?" asked K., almost uncouth in his surprise.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • To many persons this Egdon was a place which had slipped out of its century generations ago, to intrude as an uncouth object into this.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • That's the kind of God you people talk about — a country bumpkin, a clumsy, bungling, brainless, conceited, uncouth hayseed.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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