Rough meaning

rŭf
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.

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Rough is defined as something that is uneven or coarse.

An example of rough is the tall grasses around a golf course.

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To prepare or indicate in an unfinished form.

Rough out a house plan.

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Not perfected, completed, or fully detailed.

A rough drawing; rough carpentry.

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Characterized by violent action, motion, agitation, disturbance, or irregularity.
  • Stormy; tempestuous.
    rough weather.
  • Boisterous or disorderly.
    rough play.
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Difficult, severe, or disagreeable.

A rough time.

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To behave roughly.

A penalty for roughing.

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Having a texture that has much friction. Not smooth; uneven.
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The surface or part of something that is uneven or coarse.

Felt the rough of his chin.

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A person given to violent or disorderly behavior; a rowdy.
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In a rough manner; roughly.

The engine began to run rough and faltered.

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Shaggy or bristly.

An animal with a rough coat.

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Harsh, rude, brutal, etc.; not gentle or mild.

A rough temper.

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Sounding harsh; discordant; jarring.
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Tasting harsh or astringent.

Rough wine.

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Coarse, as texture, cloth, food, etc.
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Lacking refinements, comforts, and conveniences.

The rough life of a pioneer.

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Not refined, polished, or prepared; natural, crude, etc.

A rough diamond.

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Not finished, elaborated, perfected, etc.

A rough sketch.

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Not worked out in detail; without claim to be exact or complete; approximate.

A rough estimate.

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Articulated with an aspirate; having the sound (h)
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Rough ground.
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Rough material or condition.
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The rough part, aspect, etc. of something.
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A rough sketch or draft.
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A rough person; rowdy; tough.
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Any part of the course where grass, weeds, etc. are allowed to grow, uncut, forming a hazard or obstacle.
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In a rough manner; roughly.
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Without shelter; outdoors.

To sleep rough.

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To make rough; roughen.
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To make, fashion, sketch, shape, or cut roughly.

To rough out a scheme.

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To apply some preparatory or preliminary process or treatment to.
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To become rough.
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Approximate; hasty or careless; not finished.

A rough estimate; a rough sketch of a building.

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The sea was rough.

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Being a teenager nowadays can be rough.

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His manners are a bit rough, but he means well.

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This box has been through some rough handling.

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Loud and hoarse; offensive to the ear; harsh; grating.

A rough tone; a rough voice.

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Not polished; uncut; said of a gem.

A rough diamond.

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Harsh-tasting.

Rough wine.

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The unmowed part of a golf course.
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A rude fellow; a coarse bully; a rowdy.
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(cricket) A scuffed and roughened area of the pitch, where the bowler's feet fall, used as a target by spin bowlers because of its unpredictable bounce.
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The raw material from which faceted or cabochon gems are created.
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A quick sketch, similar to a thumbnail, but larger and more detailed. Meant for artistic brainstorming and a vital step in the design process.
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To create in an approximate form.

Rough in the shape first, then polish the details.

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To physically assault someone in retribution.

The gangsters roughed him up a little.

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(ice hockey) To commit the offense of roughing, i.e. to punch another player.
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To render rough; to roughen.
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To break in (a horse, etc.), especially for military purposes.

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In a rough manner; rudely; roughly.
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Harsh to the ear.

A rough raspy sound.

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Being in a natural state.

Rough diamonds.

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Requiring muscular energy rather than skill or intelligence.

Rough labor.

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rough it
  • To live without the usual comforts and conveniences:.
    Roughed it in a small hunting shack.
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in the rough
  • In a rough or crude state.
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rough it
  • To live without customary comforts and conveniences, as in camping.
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Origin of rough

  • Middle English from Old English rūh
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old English rÅ«h, from Proto-Germanic *rÅ«haz, cognate with West Frisian rûch (“rough"), Low Saxon (Low German) ruuch (“rough"), High German rau (“rough"), (old spelling) rauh (“rough"), Middle High German rûch (“rough"), (variants) rûhe, rûh, rouch.
    From Wiktionary