One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a person) warm and friendly.
enjoyable, pleasing, pleasurable, nice, agreeable, satisfying, gratifying, welcome, good, acceptable, to one's likingfriendly, agreeable, amiable, affable, nice, genial, likeable, amicable, lovely, good-humoured, personable, congenial, hospitable, approachable, good-natured, companionableView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘It's certainly a different take on these couthie characters who are rooted in the past.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 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).
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