Definitions of rough

  1. not quite exact or correct; " the approximate time was 10 o'clock"; " a rough guess"; " a ballpark estimate"
  2. violently agitated and turbulent; " boisterous winds and waves"; " the fierce thunders roar me their music"- Ezra Pound; " rough weather"; " rough seas"
  3. not carefully or expertly made; " managed to make a crude splint"; " a crude cabin of logs with bark still on them"; " rough carpentry"
  4. draw up an outline or sketch for something; " draft a speech"
  5. unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound; " a gravelly voice"
  6. unpleasantly stern; " wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus"; " the nomad life is rough and hazardous"
  7. ready and able to resort to force or violence; " pugnacious spirits... lamented that there was so little prospect of an exhilarating disturbance"- Herman Melville; " they were rough and determined fighting men"
  8. full of hardship or trials; " the rocky road to success"; " they were having a rough time"
  9. the part of a golf course bordering the fairway where the grass is not cut short
  10. with rough motion as over a rough surface; " ride rough"
  11. with roughness or violence; " he was pushed roughly aside"; (` rough' is informal as in" they treated him rough")
  12. not shaped by cutting or trimming; " an uncut diamond"; " rough gemstones"
  13. not perfected; " a rough draft"; " a few rough sketches"
  14. having or caused by an irregular surface; " trees with rough bark"; " rough ground"; " a rough ride"; " rough skin"; " rough blankets"; " his unsmooth face"; " unsmooth writing"
  15. ( of persons or behavior) lacking refinement or finesse; " she was a diamond in the rough"; " rough manners"
  16. of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped
  17. with roughness or violence (` rough' is an informal variant for ` roughly'); " he was pushed roughly aside"; " they treated him rough"
  18. Having inequalities, small ridges, or points, on the surface; not smooth or plain; as, a rough board; a rough stone; rough cloth.
  19. Hence, figuratively, lacking refinement, gentleness, or polish.
  20. Not courteous or kind; harsh; rude; uncivil; as, a rough temper.
  21. Marked by severity or violence; harsh; hard; as, rough measures or actions.
  22. Austere; harsh to the taste; as, rough wine.
  23. Hastily or carelessly done; wanting finish; incomplete; as, a rough estimate; a rough draught.
  24. Produced offhand.
  25. Boisterous weather.
  26. A rude fellow; a coarse bully; a rowdy.
  27. In a rough manner; rudely; roughly.
  28. To render rough; to roughen.
  29. To break in, as a horse, especially for military purposes.
  30. Not level; having a broken surface; uneven; - said of a piece of land, or of a road.
  31. Tossed in waves; boisterous; high; - said of a sea or other piece of water.
  32. Marked by coarseness; shaggy; ragged; disordered; - said of dress, appearance, or the like; as, a rough coat.
  33. Loud and hoarse; offensive to the ear; harsh; grating; - said of sound, voice, and the like; as, a rough tone; rough numbers.
  34. To cut or make in a hasty, rough manner; - with out; as, to rough out a carving, a sketch.
  35. Having an uneven surface; rugged; not smooth or plain; as, a rough road; rough cloth; unpolished; as, a rough diamond; harsh to the ear; as, a rough sound; uncivil; harsh; as, rough treatment; violent; as, rough sports; stormy; as, rough weather; rocky; said of roads; crude; unfinished; as, a rough sketch.
  36. A low, coarse fellow; a crude or unfinished condition; as, diamonds in the rough.
  37. To produce an uneven surface on; destroy the smoothness of; to shape or make imperfectly.
  38. Roughly.
  39. Roughness.
  40. Not smooth: uneven: uncut: unpolished: unfinished: boisterous: tempestuous: violent: harsh: severe: rude: coarse: disordered in appearance.
  41. To make rough: to break in a horse.
  42. Not smooth; shaggy; uncut; unfinished; violent; harsh; coarse; rude; severe.
  43. To roughen.
  44. To make or shape roughly.
  45. Uneven; not smooth; rude; violent; harsh; crude; hasty.
  46. A crude or rough condition or estimate.
  47. A rude, violent fellow; a ruffian.
  48. Not smooth or plane; abounding with stones or stumps; not polished; stormy; harsh to the taste or the ear; grating; unharmonious; rugged of temper; coarse in manners; violent; hard- featured; rugged; shaggy.
  49. Unwrought state; the gross; a rowdy. To rough it, to submit to hardships.
  50. To roughen; to break in; to do roughly.
  51. Not smooth or plain; rugged; not wrought or polished; violently agitated, as the sea; harsh to the taste or ear; grating; rugged of temper; coarse in manners; crude; imperfect; hard- featured; hairy or shaggy.
  52. To put up with things in a rough way, followed by it.
  53. State of being coarse or unfinished, as articles in the rough.

Usage examples for rough

  1. My eyes closed with a picture of those rough, dark men sitting before the fire. – The Young Forester by Zane Grey
  2. It was true that he had never met his match in rough fighting, and he did not expect to meet it now. – Hidden Gold by Wilder Anthony
  3. Old Squire was rough. – The Brass Bound Box by Evelyn Raymond
  4. I was afraid they did not know how to take care of you, and that your brother- in- law was rough with you. – The Carbonels by Charlotte M. Yonge
  5. He does it more or less rough, too. – Torchy and Vee by Sewell Ford
  6. It is a lady, General, and I did not want her to fall in rough hands. – A Little Union Scout by Joel Chandler Harris
  7. His tone was rough. – King Spruce, A Novel by Holman Day
  8. They're fighting, rough an' tumble! – Hopalong Cassidy by Clarence E. Mulford
  9. " It's pretty rough," he sighed. – The Landlord at Lion's Head, Complete by William Dean Howells Last Updated: February 27, 2009
  10. Not but what I am ready to rough it a little, rather than that the old lady should be moved. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  11. It is a little rough on me, but that can't be helped. – By Right of Purchase by Harold Bindloss
  12. " I think the boys are very rough," said the little boy. – Hector's Inheritance or The Boys of Smith Institute by Horatio Alger
  13. You will have to rough it too, here. – Burr Junior by G. Manville Fenn
  14. I wonder if the rough boy will break me? – The Story of a Bold Tin Soldier by Laura Lee Hope
  15. I should not care if it were rough! – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  16. Now my hair will get rough. – An Unknown Lover by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  17. How can I help talking about it when it's my mother your father's so rough with. – Judith of the Godless Valley by Honoré Willsie
  18. Between the pair, Joe's likely to have a rough time. – In Luck at Last by Walter Besant