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Definition of rough:

  1. A rude fellow; a coarse bully; a rowdy.
  2. Austere; harsh to the taste; as, rough wine.
  3. Boisterous weather.
  4. Hastily or carelessly done; wanting finish; incomplete; as, a rough estimate; a rough draught.
  5. Having inequalities, small ridges, or points, on the surface; not smooth or plain; as, a rough board; a rough stone; rough cloth.
  6. Hence, figuratively, lacking refinement, gentleness, or polish.
  7. In a rough manner; rudely; roughly.
  8. Loud and hoarse; offensive to the ear; harsh; grating; - said of sound, voice, and the like; as, a rough tone; rough numbers.
  9. Marked by coarseness; shaggy; ragged; disordered; - said of dress, appearance, or the like; as, a rough coat.
  10. Marked by severity or violence; harsh; hard; as, rough measures or actions.
  11. Not courteous or kind; harsh; rude; uncivil; as, a rough temper.
  12. Not level; having a broken surface; uneven; - said of a piece of land, or of a road.
  13. Not polished; uncut; - said of a gem; as, a rough diamond.
  14. Produced offhand.
  15. Tempestuous; boisterous; stormy; as, rough weather; a rough day.
  16. To break in, as a horse, especially for military purposes.
  17. To cut or make in a hasty, rough manner; - with out; as, to rough out a carving, a sketch.
  18. To render rough; to roughen.
  19. Tossed in waves; boisterous; high; - said of a sea or other piece of water.


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