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Meaning & Definition of Rough in English

English

Rough

/rəf/

noun

1. The part of a golf course bordering the fairway where the grass is not cut short

    synonym:
  • rough

verb

1. Prepare in preliminary or sketchy form

    synonym:
  • rough in
  • ,
  • rough
  • ,
  • rough out

adjective

1. Having or caused by an irregular surface

  • "Trees with rough bark"
  • "Rough ground"
  • "Rough skin"
  • "Rough blankets"
  • "His unsmooth face"
    synonym:
  • rough
  • ,
  • unsmooth

2. (of persons or behavior) lacking refinement or finesse

  • "She was a diamond in the rough"
  • "Rough manners"
    synonym:
  • rough

3. Not quite exact or correct

  • "The approximate time was 10 o'clock"
  • "A rough guess"
  • "A ballpark estimate"
    synonym:
  • approximate
  • ,
  • approximative
  • ,
  • rough

4. Full of hardship or trials

  • "The rocky road to success"
  • "They were having a rough time"
    synonym:
  • rocky
  • ,
  • rough

5. Violently agitated and turbulent

  • "Boisterous winds and waves"
  • "The fierce thunders roar me their music"- ezra pound
  • "Rough weather"
  • "Rough seas"
    synonym:
  • boisterous
  • ,
  • fierce
  • ,
  • rough

6. Unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound

  • "A gravelly voice"
    synonym:
  • grating
  • ,
  • gravelly
  • ,
  • rasping
  • ,
  • raspy
  • ,
  • rough
  • ,
  • scratchy

7. Ready and able to resort to force or violence

  • "Pugnacious spirits...lamented that there was so little prospect of an exhilarating disturbance"- herman melville
  • "They were rough and determined fighting men"
    synonym:
  • pugnacious
  • ,
  • rough

8. Of the margin of a leaf shape

  • Having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped
    synonym:
  • rough

9. Causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements

  • "A rough ride"
    synonym:
  • rough
  • ,
  • rocky
  • ,
  • bumpy
  • ,
  • jolty
  • ,
  • jolting
  • ,
  • jumpy

10. Not shaped by cutting or trimming

  • "An uncut diamond"
  • "Rough gemstones"
    synonym:
  • uncut
  • ,
  • rough

11. Not carefully or expertly made

  • "Managed to make a crude splint"
  • "A crude cabin of logs with bark still on them"
  • "Rough carpentry"
    synonym:
  • crude
  • ,
  • rough

12. Not perfected

  • "A rough draft"
  • "A few rough sketches"
    synonym:
  • rough

13. Unpleasantly stern

  • "Wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus"
  • "The nomad life is rough and hazardous"
    synonym:
  • harsh
  • ,
  • rough

14. Unkind or cruel or uncivil

  • "Had harsh words"
  • "A harsh and unlovable old tyrant"
  • "A rough answer"
    synonym:
  • harsh
  • ,
  • rough

adverb

1. With roughness or violence (`rough' is an informal variant for `roughly')

  • "He was pushed roughly aside"
  • "They treated him rough"
    synonym:
  • roughly
  • ,
  • rough

2. With rough motion as over a rough surface

  • "Ride rough"
    synonym:
  • roughly
  • ,
  • rough

Examples of using

Tom was sleeping rough for a while after being evicted from his apartment.
You'll have a rough time.
Tom's face feels rough because he needs to shave.