Definition of "vulgar" []

  • Crudely indecent. (adjective)
  • Deficient in taste, delicacy, or refinement. (adjective)
  • Marked by a lack of good breeding; boorish. See Synonyms at common. (adjective)
  • Offensively excessive in self-display or expenditure; ostentatious: the huge vulgar houses and cars of the newly rich. (adjective)
  • Spoken by or expressed in language spoken by the common people; vernacular: the technical and vulgar names for an animal species. (adjective)
  • Marked by lack of taste, culture, delicacy, manners, etc (adjective)

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  • Denoting a form of a language, esp of Latin, current among common people, esp at a period when the formal language is archaic and not in general spoken use (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or current among the great mass of common people, in contrast to the educated, cultured, or privileged; ordinary (adjective)
  • (as collective noun; preceded by the) (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "vulgar" in a sentence
  • "And it was he that might rightly say, _Veni, vidi, vici_; which to _anatomise_ in the vulgar, (_O base and obscure vulgar_!) _Videlicet_, he came, saw, and overcame ..."
  • "And do not suppose, senor, that I apply the term vulgar here merely to plebeians and the lower orders; for everyone who is ignorant, be he lord or prince, may and should be included among the vulgar."
  • "Clear Channel Communications is suspending Howard Stern for what it calls vulgar, offensive and insulting content."