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Meaning & Definition of Roughly in English





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"
  • 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"
  • roughly,
  • rough

3. With rough motion as over a rough surface

  • "Ride rough"
  • roughly,
  • rough

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