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.adjective
- 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: ME < L vularis < vulgus, volgus, the common people < IE base *wel-, to crowd, throng > Gr eilein, to press, swarm
- vulgarly adverb
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- Crudely indecent.
- a. Deficient in taste, delicacy, or refinement.b. Marked by a lack of good breeding; boorish. See Synonyms at common.c. 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: Middle English, from Latin vulgāris, from vulgus, the common people.
- vulˈgar·ly adverb
- vulˈgar·ness noun