- The definition of vulgar is something that is in poor taste, that lacks in sophistication, that is rude or unrefined, or that is associated with the masses.
- An example of vulgar is a very showy demonstration of wealth.
- An example of vulgar is a very tacky outfit.
- An example of vulgar is a dirty joke.
- of, characteristic of, belonging to, or common to the great mass of people in general; common; popular: a vulgar superstition
- designating, of, or in the popular, or vernacular, speech
- characterized by a lack of culture, refinement, taste, restraint, sensitivity, etc.; coarse; crude; boorish
- indecent or obscene
Origin of vulgarMiddle English ; from Classical Latin vularis ; from vulgus, volgus, the common people ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wel-, to crowd, throng from source Classical Greek eilein, to press, swarm
- a. Crudely indecent: a vulgar joke.b. Deficient in taste, consideration, or refinement: “that vulgar jockeying for position around the bedside of the gravely ill” (Susan Sontag).c. Given to crudity or tastelessness, as in one's behavior: “He relentlessly vilified the studio executives as vulgar, ignorant hoodlums” (Marion Meade).d. Offensively excessive in self-display or expenditure; ostentatious: the huge vulgar houses and cars of the newly rich.
- Spoken by or expressed in language spoken by the common people; vernacular: the technical and vulgar names for an animal species.
- Of or associated with the great masses of people; common.
Origin of vulgarMiddle English, of or relating to the common people, from Latin vulgāris, from vulgus, the common people.
(comparative vulgarer or more vulgar, superlative vulgarest or most vulgar)