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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Couth, a. Also: cuth, cowth(e, kowth. [ME. cowthe, couth(e, cuth (e, OE. cúþ.] Known, familiar. a1400 Leg. S. xxxvi. 250.
Schewing hyme be spek of mouth, & be his fyngire mad him cuth
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1356.
I wes fane, Of that cowth word, and of his cumpanie
Ib. 1368.
My wryting … Is couth and kend to mony cunning clerk
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 376.
Thai war courtes and couth thair knyghthed to kyth
1513 Doug. iii. ii. 131.
Our folkis … that warryn blyth … Of this kowth [v.r. couth] surname of our new cite
1533 Boece ii. xi. 81.
Thai defendit that the chiftane suld nane vthir way be namyt than the auld & couth terme
1535 Stewart 34952.
Fra that tyme furth sic aythis wes not couth
Ib. 49530.
The Scottis lordis … That keipit kyndnes to him and war couth
1560 Rolland Seven S. 2529.
As for ane fule, ȝe are ane wonder couth
a1568 Scott i. 143.
To quenche thir quent calamiteis so cowth, God gife thé grace

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