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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)

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.

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."