Uncouth vs Churlish - What's the difference?

uncouth | churlish |

As adjectives the difference between uncouth and churlish

is that uncouth is (archaic) unfamiliar, strange, foreign while churlish is of or pertaining to a serf, peasant, or rustic.




  • (archaic) Unfamiliar, strange, foreign.
  • * 1819 : , The Sketch Book (The Voyage)
  • There was a delicious sensation of mingled security and awe with which I looked down, from my giddy height, on the monsters of the deep at their uncouth gambols.
  • Clumsy, awkward.
  • Unrefined, crude.
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  • Synonyms


    Derived terms

    * uncouthness




    (en adjective)
  • of or pertaining to a serf, peasant, or rustic
  • * 1996 , Jeet Heer, Gravitas , Autumn 1996
  • [...] the eloquence and truth of his tribute stands in marked contrast to Kramer's churlish caricature of Kael as a happy pig wallowing in the dirt.
  • rude, surly, ungracious
  • stingy or grudging
  • (of soil) difficult to till, lacking pliancy; unmanageable
  • *1730–1774 , Oliver Goldsmith, Introductory to Switzerland
  • *:Where the bleak Swiss their stormy mansion tread,t
  • *:And force a churlish soil for scanty bread.
  • Synonyms

    * (of or pertaining to a serf) rustic * (rude or surly) cross-grained, rude, surly, ungracious * (stingy or grudging) grudging, illiberal, miserly, niggardly, stingy