Meaning of unco in English:


Pronunciation /ˈʌŋkə/


  • Unusual or remarkable.

    ‘I was so excited I tripped and twisted my ankle (although not, of course, in an unco way).’
    • ‘So he mounted the blocks in his resplendent blue Speedos and did a massive unco belly flop on the starters gun.’
    • ‘A straight right, an upper cut, a right hook or some unco combination of all three?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    extraordinary, exceptional, amazing, astonishing, astounding, marvellous, wonderful, sensational, stunning, incredible, unbelievable, miraculous, phenomenal, prodigious


Scottish as submodifier
  • Remarkably; very.

    ‘it's got an unco fine taste’
    • ‘Colours mingled unco fine.’
    very, extremely, exceedingly, exceptionally, especially, tremendously, immensely, vastly, hugely

nounplural noun uncos

  • 1A stranger.

    • ‘Best of all, even a total unco like me can complete the tasks with a bit of practice.’
    unknown person
    1. 1.1uncosNews.
      • ‘Each tells the uncos that he sees or hears.’


    the unco guid
    Scottish mainly 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.