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Definition of Rough


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

Rough Quotations

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
George Orwell

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.
George Orwell

I come from Detroit where it's rough and I'm not a smooth talker.
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Rough Translations

rough in Afrikaans is rou
rough in Danish is ru
rough in Dutch is onbewerkt, bot, onbehouwen, grof, cru
rough in Finnish is raaka
rough in Italian is scabro, rozzo, ineguale, valutato, zotico
rough in Latin is durus, rudis, scaber, asper, incomptus

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