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Meaning & Definition of Roughly in English

English

Roughly

/rəfli/

adverb

1. (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct

  • "Lasted approximately an hour"
  • "In just about a minute"
  • "He's about 30 years old"
  • "I've had about all i can stand"
  • "We meet about once a month"
  • "Some forty people came"
  • "Weighs around a hundred pounds"
  • "Roughly $3,000"
  • "Holds 3 gallons, more or less"
  • "20 or so people were at the party"
    synonym:
  • approximately
  • ,
  • about
  • ,
  • close to
  • ,
  • just about
  • ,
  • some
  • ,
  • roughly
  • ,
  • more or less
  • ,
  • around
  • ,
  • or so

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

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

3. With rough motion as over a rough surface

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

Examples of using

Spanish, Portuguese and other foreign conquerors had massacred South America's Indian inhabitants at an average rate of roughly "one every 10 minutes".