Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
COUTH, adj. and n. [kuθ]
1. Of persons: †(1) Agreeable, affable, sociable, friendly.
Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems II. 282:
Nor will North Britain yield for Fouth Of ilka thing, and Fellows couth, To any but her Sister South. Rnf. 1835 D. Webster Rhymes 109:
They are couth, And unco happy. Kcb. 1814 W. Nicholson Poems (1878) 86:
He casts a wink, she's kirr and couth And draws the water to his mouth.
(2) Soft, flabby.
Rxb. 1826 A. Scott Poems 112:
O blythe an' merry sporting youth! To me shall ne'er return, 'Neath age an' ailment now run couth, On my last legs I mourn. Rxb. 1940 (per Lnk.11):
Recently I heard a stout, elderly man excuse his breathlessless at the top of a hill by saying: “I'm owre couth for this job; I ha'ena the win' for't noo.”
2. Of places and things: comfortable, snug, neat. Known to Lnk.11 (1940) for Rxb.
Sc. a.1749 The Miller in Sc. Songs (ed. Aitken 1874) 222:
His house was warm and couth, And room in it to hold me. Sc. 1788 R. Galloway Poems 181:
A mankie gown, of our ain kintra growth, Did mak them very braw, and unco couth.
†II. n. Kindness.
Sc. a.1806 in R. Jamieson Pop. Ballads I. 125:
O, blessins on thy couth, lord John; Weel's me to see this day.
Hence couthless, adj., cold, unfeeling.
Edb. 1788 J. Macaulay Poems 114:
To read their fu'some, puffing lays, Their fause, unmeaning, couthless praise Wad gar ane think their votaries Were perfect saunts.
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