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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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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
adj.

Old English cuðe "known," past participle of cunnan (see can (v.1)), from Proto-Germanic *kunthaz (cf. Old Frisian kuth "known," Old Saxon cuth, Old High German kund, German kund, Gothic kunþs "known").

Died out as such 16c. with the emergence of could, but the old word was reborn 1896, with a new sense of "cultured, refined," as a back-formation from uncouth (q.v.). The Old English word forms the first element in the man's proper name Cuthbert, literally "famous-bright."

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