rough Definition

  • 1having an uneven or irregular surface; not smooth or level
  • 2not gentle; violent or boisterous
  • 3not exact or accurate

Using rough: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "rough" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The road was very rough and bumpy.

  • Example

    He had a rough childhood.

  • Example

    The estimate is only a rough guess.

rough Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for rough

Phrases with rough

  • a physical fight or scuffle


    The boys were playing rough and tumble in the park.

  • not polished or refined; lacking social graces


    He's a good guy, but he's a bit rough around the edges.

  • punishment that is too severe or harsh for the crime committed


    Some people believe that the death penalty is a form of rough justice.


Summary: rough in Brief

The term 'rough' [rʌf] describes surfaces that are uneven or irregular, as well as things that are not gentle or exact. Examples include 'The road was very rough and bumpy.' and 'He had a rough childhood.' 'Rough' extends into phrases like 'rough and tumble,' referring to physical fights, and 'rough around the edges,' meaning lacking refinement. The idiom 'rough justice' refers to punishment that is too severe for the crime committed.

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