Definition of couthy in English:


(also couthie)


  • 1(of a person) warm and friendly.

    • ‘As couthy Annabel might have phrased it: there is always someone worse off than yourself.’
    • ‘But, all things being equal, there are many Scots she has now met, representing the couthie, cheerful face of modern Scotland, whom she wouldn't mind introducing to Washington.’
    • ‘It's probably down to the congenital disregard for all things famous and the physical inability to so much as blink at the sight of a superstar that lurks deep in the couthy souls of the local folk.’
    • ‘It's certainly a different take on these couthie characters who are rooted in the past.’
    • ‘The night was wearing on and the nation's most powerful politicians and their supporters were chewing on cigars, sipping brandy and enjoying a stream of couthy jokes.’
    enjoyable, pleasing, pleasurable, nice, agreeable, satisfying, gratifying, welcome, good, acceptable, to one's liking
    friendly, agreeable, amiable, affable, nice, genial, likeable, amicable, lovely, good-humoured, personable, congenial, hospitable, approachable, good-natured, companionable
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    1. 1.1 (of a place) cosy and comfortable.
      ‘a couthy wee tavern’
      • ‘His party was held at a large but couthy city centre hotel in Stirling.’


Early 18th century: apparently from Old English cūth ‘known’ + -y (also -ie).