- 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)
Middle English, from Latin vulgÄris, from volgus, vulgus (“mob; common folk"), from Proto-Indo-European *wlÌ¥k- (compare Welsh gwala (“plenty, sufficiency"), Ancient Greek á¼Î»Î¯Î± (halia, “assembly") Îµá¼°Î»ÎÏ‰ (eileÅ, “ to compress"), Old Church Slavonic Ð²Ñ”Ð»Ð¸ÐºÑŠ (velikÅ, “great").