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Definition of "rough" []

  • Having a surface marked by irregularities, protuberances, or ridges; not smooth. (adjective)
  • Coarse or shaggy to the touch: a rough scratchy blanket. (adjective)
  • Difficult to travel over or through: the rough terrain of the highlands. (adjective)
  • Characterized by violent motion; turbulent: rough waters. (adjective)
  • Difficult to endure or live through, especially because of harsh or inclement weather: a rough winter. (adjective)
  • (of a surface) not smooth; uneven or irregular (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of ground) covered with scrub, boulders, etc (adjective)
  • Denoting or taking place on uncultivated ground (adjective)
  • Shaggy or hairy (adjective)
  • Turbulent; agitated (adjective)
  • (of the performance or motion of something) uneven; irregular (adjective)
  • (of behaviour or character) rude, coarse, ill mannered, inconsiderate, or violent (adjective)
  • Harsh or sharp (adjective)
  • Severe or unpleasant (adjective)
  • (of work, a task, etc) requiring physical rather than mental effort (adjective)
  • Ill or physically upset (adjective)
  • Unfair or unjust (adjective)
  • Harsh or grating to the ear (adjective)
  • Harsh to the taste (adjective)
  • Without refinement, luxury, etc (adjective)
  • Not polished or perfected in any detail; rudimentary; not elaborate (adjective)
  • Not prepared or dressed (adjective)
  • (of a guess, estimate, etc) approximate (adjective)
  • (of a chance) not good (adjective)
  • Having the sound of h; aspirated (adjective)
  • Rough ground (noun)
  • A sketch or preliminary piece of artwork (noun)
  • An unfinished or crude state (esp in the phrase in the rough) (noun)
  • The side of a racket on which the binding strings form an uneven line (noun)
  • A rough or violent person; thug (noun)
  • The unpleasant side of something (esp in the phrase take the rough with the smooth) (noun)
  • In a rough manner; roughly (adverb)
  • To make rough; roughen (verb)
  • To prepare (a sketch, report, piece of work, etc) in preliminary form (verb)

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Use "rough" in a sentence
  • "Of course my rough drafts aren't going to be as good as something I pick up off the shelf, that's why they're called _rough_."
  • "She did not care for what she called my rough ways."
  • "Chambers served 15 years in prison for the 1986 killing of Jennifer Levin, a death he claims happened accidentally during what he called rough sex."