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couth1

[kooth] /kuθ/
adjective
1.
showing or having good manners or sophistication; smooth:
Sending her flowers would be a very couth thing to do.
noun
2.
good manners; refinement:
to be lacking in couth.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; back formation from uncouth

couth2

[kooth] /kuθ/
adjective, Archaic.
1.
known or acquainted with.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English, Old English cūth past participle of cunnan to know (see can2, could)
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  • Of course, it helps that we're a couth bunch and so are our commenters.
British Dictionary definitions for couth

couth

/kuːθ/
adjective
1.
(facetious) refined
2.
(archaic) familiar; known
Word Origin
Old English cūth known, past participle of cunnan to know; sense 1, back formation from uncouth
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Word Origin and History for couth
couth
O.E. cuðe "known," pp. of cunnan (see can (v.)) died out as such 16c., but the word was reborn 1896, with a new sense of "cultured, refined," as a back-formation from uncouth (q.v.). The O.E. word forms the first element in the man's proper name Cuthbert, lit. "famous-bright."
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