- The definition of couth is civilized, polished or sophisticated.
An example of something couth is a party that is classy and aristocratic.
- Couth is defined as refinement or sophistication.
An example of couth is what someone has who was raised in a royal household.
- refined; polished; civilized: a humorous usage
- Archaic known; familiar
Origin of couthMiddle English cuthe from Old English cuth (see uncouth); current use also back-formation from uncouth
Origin of couthBack-formation from uncouth
- (obsolete except in adjective use) past participle of can
From Middle English couth, doublet of could; from Old English cūþ (“known, plain, manifest, certain, well known, usual, noted, excellent, famous, intimate, familiar, friendly, related”), from Proto-Germanic *kunþaz (“known”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵen-, *ǵno- (“to know”). Cognate with Scots couth (“known, familiar”), Eastern Frisian cut (“known”), Dutch kond (“known”), German kund (“known”), Icelandic kuðr, kunnur (“known”), Gothic (kunþs, “known”), Latin gnosco (“to know”).
(comparative more couth, superlative most couth)
(usually uncountable, plural couths)
Back-formation from uncouth.