Rough definition

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Shaggy or bristly.

An animal with a rough coat.

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To behave roughly.

A penalty for roughing.

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

A rough estimate.

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(rare) To become rough.
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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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Rough ground.
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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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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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The surface or part of something that is uneven or coarse.

Felt the rough of his chin.

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Coarse, as texture, cloth, food, etc.
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Harsh, rude, brutal, etc.; not gentle or mild.

A rough temper.

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Tasting harsh or astringent.

Rough wine.

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Lacking refinements, comforts, and conveniences.

The rough life of a pioneer.

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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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Not perfected, completed, or fully detailed.

A rough drawing; rough carpentry.

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Having a surface marked by irregularities, protuberances, or ridges; not smooth.

Planed the board so it was no longer rough.

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Coarse or shaggy to the touch.

A rough scratchy blanket.

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Difficult to travel over or through.

The rough terrain of the highlands.

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Characterized by violent motion; turbulent.

Rough waters.

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Difficult to endure or live through, especially because of harsh or inclement weather.

A rough winter.

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Unpleasant or difficult.

Had a rough time during the exam.

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Characterized by or done with violence or forcefulness.

A sport noted for rough play; a package that received rough handling.

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Boisterous, disorderly, or given to violence.

Ran with a rough crowd.

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Characterized by violence or crime.

Lives in a rough neighborhood.

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Lacking polish or finesse.

Rough manners.

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A person given to violent or disorderly behavior; a rowdy.
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Rugged overgrown terrain.
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(sports) The area of a golf hole in which the grass is left unmowed or is cut to a length longer than that of the fairway.
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A disorderly, unrefined, or unfinished state.
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A difficult or disagreeable aspect or condition of something.

Observed politics in the rough when working as an intern on Capitol Hill.

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To prepare or indicate in an unfinished form.

Rough out a house plan.

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To treat roughly or with physical violence.

Roughed up his opponent.

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(sports) To treat (an opposing player) with unnecessary roughness, often in violation of the rules.

Was ejected from the game for roughing the passer.

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Sounding harsh; discordant; jarring.
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Not refined, polished, or prepared; natural, crude, etc.

A rough diamond.

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Requiring muscular energy rather than skill or intelligence.

Rough labor.

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(informal) Difficult, severe, or disagreeable.

A rough time.

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(phonet.) Articulated with an aspirate; having the sound (h)
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Not smooth or level; having bumps, projections, etc.; uneven.

A rough surface.

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Not easily traveled over or through because rocky, overgrown, wild, etc.

Rough country.

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Coarse in manner, tastes, etc.; lacking refinement or culture.

Rough men, rough language.

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Regarded as being risky, dangerous, offensive, etc., often as a result of lacking in conventional social controls.

A rough crowd, neighborhood, etc.

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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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(chiefly brit.) A rough person; rowdy; tough.
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(golf) 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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(brit.) 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 handle or treat roughly or brutally.
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(football, etc.) To subject (an opponent) to intentional and unnecessary roughness.
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Having a texture that has much friction. Not smooth; uneven.
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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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In a rough manner; roughly.

The engine began to run rough and faltered.

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Not finished, elaborated, perfected, etc.

A rough sketch.

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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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rough
Plural:
roughs

Adjective

Base Form:
rough
Comparative:
rougher
Superlative:
roughest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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