- The definition of rough is coarse or uneven, or tough or difficult.
- An example of rough is the feeling of a bumpy road.
- An example of rough is going through depression.
- Rough is defined as something that is uneven or coarse.
An example of rough is the tall grasses around a golf course.
rough definition by Webster's New World
- not smooth or level; having bumps, projections, etc.; uneven: a rough surface
- not easily traveled over or through because rocky, overgrown, wild, etc.: rough country
- shaggy or bristly: an animal with a rough coat
- characterized by violent action, motion, agitation, disturbance, or irregularity; specif.,
- stormy; tempestuous: rough weather
- boisterous or disorderly: rough play
- harsh, rude, brutal, etc.; not gentle or mild: a rough temper
- sounding harsh; discordant; jarring
- tasting harsh or astringent: rough wine
- coarse, as texture, cloth, food, etc.
- coarse in manner, tastes, etc.; lacking refinement or culture: rough men, rough language
- lacking refinements, comforts, and conveniences: the rough life of a pioneer
- not refined, polished, or prepared; natural, crude, etc.: a rough diamond
- not finished, elaborated, perfected, etc.: a rough sketch
- not worked out in detail; without claim to be exact or complete; approximate: a rough estimate
- requiring muscular energy rather than skill or intelligence: rough labor
- Informal difficult, severe, or disagreeable: a rough time
- Phonet. articulated with an aspirate; having the sound (h)
Origin: Middle English ruh, rugh ; from Old English ruh, akin to German rauh ; from Indo-European an unverified form reuk ; from base an unverified form reu-, to tear, tear out (from source rug, rotten): probably basic sense “hairy, woolly”
- rough ground
- rough material or condition
- the rough part, aspect, etc. of something
- ☆ a rough sketch or draft
- Chiefly Brit. a rough person; rowdy; tough
- Golf any part of the course where grass, weeds, etc. are allowed to grow, uncut, forming a hazard or obstacle
- in a rough manner; roughly
- Brit. without shelter; outdoors: to sleep rough
- to make rough; roughen: often with up
- to handle or treat roughly or brutally: usually with up
- Football, etc. to subject (an opponent) to intentional and unnecessary roughness
- to make, fashion, sketch, shape, or cut roughly: usually with in or out: to rough out a scheme
- to apply some preparatory or preliminary process or treatment to
- Rare to become rough
- to behave roughly: a penalty for roughing
rough definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective rough·er, rough·est
- Having a surface marked by irregularities, protuberances, or ridges; not smooth.
- Coarse or shaggy to the touch: a rough scratchy blanket.
- a. Difficult to travel over or through: the rough terrain of the highlands.b. Characterized by violent motion; turbulent: rough waters.c. Difficult to endure or live through, especially because of harsh or inclement weather: a rough winter.d. Unpleasant or difficult: had a rough time during the exam.
- a. Boisterous, unruly, uncouth, or rowdy: ran with a rough crowd.b. Lacking polish or finesse: rough manners.
- Characterized by carelessness or force, as in manipulating: broke the crystal through rough handling.
- Harsh to the ear: a rough raspy sound.
- Being in a natural state: rough diamonds.
- Not perfected, completed, or fully detailed: a rough drawing; rough carpentry.
- a. Rugged overgrown terrain.b. Sports The part of a golf course left unmowed and uncultivated.
- The difficult or disagreeable aspect, part, or side: observed politics in the rough when working as an intern on Capitol Hill.
- Something in an unfinished or hastily worked-out state.
- A crude unmannered person; a rowdy.
- a. To treat roughly or with physical violence: roughed up his opponent.b. Sports To treat (an opposing player) with unnecessary roughness, often in violation of the rules: was ejected from the game for roughing the passer.
- To prepare or indicate in an unfinished form: rough out a house plan.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English rūh.
- roughˈer noun
- roughˈly adverb
- roughˈness noun
rough - Phrases/Idioms
in the rough