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unco

[uhng-koh] /ˈʌŋ koʊ/ Scot. and North England
adjective
1.
remarkable; extraordinary.
2.
unusual; strange.
3.
adverb
4.
remarkably; extremely.
noun, plural uncos.
5.
something extraordinary or unusual; a novelty.
6.
uncos, news.
7.
Obsolete. a stranger.
Origin of unco
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; variant of uncouth
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  • They rade on braw wee white naigs, wi' unco lang swooping tails, an' manes hung wi' whustles that the win' played on.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • "It's unco like the night we were wrecked in the Gulf," said Sandy.

  • It was unco low o'erhead, and I maist brak my head twice or thrice or I won to the doctor's cabin.

  • But maybe it was the lauchin' o' the twa lads, for they thocht it unco fun.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • Life's sweet to us a', an' it's unco hard to leave our master's bedesman just to be sacrificed.

  • She's been unco dowie (ailing) a' the summer; and sae has the bairnie.'

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • I proclaim myself a blind body, who knoweth not black and white, in the unco course of God's providence.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • "You're unco late, dear," she would say wearily, but no other reproach did she utter.

    The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
  • The “Christianity” of the “unco guid” is as like this religion as are the teachings of the Old Testament.

  • "This is unco hard on me that brought him here, James," said he, throwing his head back.

    Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for unco

unco1

/ˈʌŋkəʊ/
adjective uncoer, uncoest
1.
unfamiliar, strange, or odd
2.
remarkable or striking
adverb
3.
very; extremely
4.
the unco guid, narrow-minded, excessively religious, or self-righteous people
noun (pl) uncos, uncoes
5.
a novel or remarkable person or thing
6.
(obsolete) a stranger
7.
(pl) news
Word Origin
C15: variant of uncouth

unco2

/ˈʌŋkəʊ/
adjective
1.
awkward; clumsy
noun (pl) uncos
2.
an awkward or clumsy person
Word Origin
C20: shortened form of uncoordinated
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