One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Not courteous or refined.
- ‘He was at first gently reprimanded for his indolence, but the truth at last came out, and a most uncourtly altercation ensued between him and the king.’
- ‘In no way do I want to neglect being diligent, no matter who may take me for uncourtly.’
- ‘The Lord was described by a nineteenth-century biographer as ‘rough and uncourtly in manners and conversation, dull and uneducated.’’
- ‘When I had once addressed your Lordship in public, I had exhausted all the art of pleasing which a retired and uncourtly scholar can possess.’
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