Definition of Rough

1. Noun. The part of a golf course bordering the fairway where the grass is not cut short.

Group relationships: Golf Course, Links Course
Generic synonyms: Land Site, Site

2. Verb. Prepare in preliminary or sketchy form.
Exact synonyms: Rough In, Rough Out
Generic synonyms: Prepare

3. Adjective. Having or caused by an irregular surface. "His unsmooth face"

4. Adverb. With roughness or violence ('rough' is an informal variant for 'roughly'). "They treated him rough"
Exact synonyms: Roughly
Language type: Colloquialism

5. Adjective. (of persons or behavior) lacking refinement or finesse. "Rough manners"
Similar to: Unrefined
Derivative terms: Roughness

6. Adverb. With rough motion as over a rough surface. "Ride rough"
Exact synonyms: Roughly

7. Adjective. Not quite exact or correct. "A ballpark estimate"
Exact synonyms: Approximate, Approximative
Similar to: Inexact
Derivative terms: Approximate, Approximate

8. Adjective. Full of hardship or trials. "They were having a rough time"
Exact synonyms: Rocky
Similar to: Difficult, Hard

9. Adjective. Violently agitated and turbulent. "Rough seas"
Exact synonyms: Boisterous, Fierce
Similar to: Stormy
Derivative terms: Boisterousness, Fierceness, Roughness

10. Adjective. Unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound. "A gravelly voice"
Exact synonyms: Grating, Gravelly, Rasping, Raspy, Scratchy
Similar to: Cacophonic, Cacophonous
Derivative terms: Rasp, Roughness, Scratch

11. Adjective. Ready and able to resort to force or violence. "They were rough and determined fighting men"
Exact synonyms: Pugnacious
Similar to: Aggressive
Derivative terms: Pugnacity, Roughness

12. Adjective. Of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped.

13. Adjective. Causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements. "A rough ride"
Exact synonyms: Bumpy, Jolting, Jolty, Jumpy, Rocky
Derivative terms: Bump, Jolt, Jump, Rock
Antonyms: Smooth

14. Adjective. Not shaped by cutting or trimming. "Rough gemstones"
Exact synonyms: Uncut
Similar to: Unsheared
Antonyms: Cut

15. Adjective. Not carefully or expertly made. "Rough carpentry"
Exact synonyms: Crude
Similar to: Unskilled
Derivative terms: Crudeness, Roughness

16. Adjective. Not perfected. "A few rough sketches"
Similar to: Unpolished

17. Adjective. Unpleasantly stern. "The nomad life is rough and hazardous"
Exact synonyms: Harsh
Similar to: Unpleasant
Derivative terms: Harshness, Roughness

18. Adjective. Unkind or cruel or uncivil. "A rough answer"
Exact synonyms: Harsh
Similar to: Unkind
Derivative terms: Harshness

Definition of Rough

1. a. Having inequalities, small ridges, or points, on the surface; not smooth or plain; as, a rough board; a rough stone; rough cloth.

2. n. Boisterous weather.

3. adv. In a rough manner; rudely; roughly.

4. v. t. To render rough; to roughen.

Definition of Rough

1. Adjective. Having a texture that has much friction. Not smooth; uneven. ¹

2. Adjective. Approximate. ¹

3. Adjective. Turbulent. ¹

4. Adjective. Difficult; trying. ¹

5. Adjective. Crude; unrefined ¹

6. Adjective. Violent; not careful or subtle ¹

7. Noun. The unmowed part of a golf course. ¹

8. Noun. A crude person. ¹

9. Noun. (cricket) A scuffed and roughened area of the pitch, where the bowler's feet fall, used as a target by spin bowlers because of its unpredictable bounce. ¹

10. Noun. The raw material from which faceted or cabochon gems are created. ¹

11. Noun. A quick sketch, similar to a thumbnail, but larger and more detailed. Meant for artistic brainstorming and a vital step in the design process. ¹

12. Verb. To create in an approximate form. ¹

13. Verb. To physically assault someone in retribution. ¹

14. Verb. (ice hockey) To commit the offense of roughing, i.e. to punch another player. ¹

15. Verb. To render rough; to roughen. ¹

16. Verb. To break in (a horse, etc.), especially for military purposes. ¹

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Definition of Rough

1. having an uneven surface [adj ROUGHER, ROUGHEST] / to make rough [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: rough

Medical Definition of Rough

1. Not smooth; denoting the irregular, coarsely granular surface of a certain bacterial colony type. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Rough

rouge et noir
rouge plant
rough (current term)
rough-leaved aster

Literary usage of Rough

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of Education by Henry Barnard (1857)
"Founder of the rough House, or Institution of Rescue at Horn, near Hamburg. ... reformatory movements of the age, as founder and superintendent of the rough ..."

2. American Journal of Education (1857)
"Founder of the rough House, or Institution of Rescue at Horn, near Hamburg. JOHN HENRY WICHERN, whose name will ever be associated with one of the most ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The rough- coated variety, which is now becoming popular, is on the same lines exactly. Poodle.— This is probably the cleverest of all dogs and most apt to ..."

4. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1897)
"rough, JOHN (d. 1557), Scottish protestant martyr, is stated to have been born in 1510, but as he was incorporated in St. Leonard's College in the ..."

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