One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Unusual or remarkable.
extraordinary, exceptional, amazing, astonishing, astounding, marvellous, wonderful, sensational, stunning, incredible, unbelievable, miraculous, phenomenal, prodigiousView synonyms
- ‘While I may be friends with someone similar to me, I've never been attracted to someone who was noticeably unreliable; prone to depression or unco.’
- ‘A straight right, an upper cut, a right hook or some unco combination of all three?’
- ‘So he mounted the blocks in his resplendent blue Speedos and did a massive unco belly flop on the starters gun.’
- ‘I mean for a professional cricketer to slide his foot way back in line with his stumps and then rake across them there's something either very unco or very illicit going on.’
- ‘I was so excited I tripped and twisted my ankle (although not, of course, in an unco way).’
as submodifier Remarkably; very.‘it's got an unco fine taste’
very, extremely, exceedingly, exceptionally, especially, tremendously, immensely, vastly, hugelyView synonyms
- ‘Colours mingled unco fine.’
unknown personView synonyms
- ‘Best of all, even a total unco like me can complete the tasks with a bit of practice.’
- 1.1uncos News.
- ‘Each tells the uncos that he sees or hears.’
the unco guid
derogatory Strictly religious people.
- ‘Malawi has had a long record as fashion accessory to the unco guid in Edinburgh.’
- ‘We are not a humourless, unco guid congregation - far from it.’
- ‘The unco guid, who held Scotland in thrall to the ducking-stool in times past, have reinvented themselves.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘unknown, strange’): alteration of uncouth.
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