Variant of barbarous
- Obsolete foreign or alien; in the ancient world, non-Greek, non-Roman, or non-Christian
- characterized by substandard usages in speaking or writing
- characteristic of barbarians; primitive or lacking in civilization
- uncultured, crude, coarse, rough, etc.
- cruel; brutal
- harsh in sound; raucous
Origin of barbarousClassical Latin barbarus ; from Classical Greek barbaros, foreign, strange, ignorant ; from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form barbar-, used for unintelligible speech of foreigners from source Sanskrit barbara-, stammering, non-Aryan