adjective, rougher, roughest.
having a coarse or uneven surface, as from projections, irregularities, or breaks; not smooth:
rough, red hands; a rough road.
shaggy or coarse:
a dog with a rough coat.
(of an uninhabited region or large land area) steep or uneven and covered with high grass, brush, trees, stones, etc.:
to hunt over rough country.
acting with or characterized by violence:
Boxing is a rough sport.
characterized by unnecessary violence or infractions of the rules:
It was a rough prize fight.
violently disturbed or agitated; turbulent, as water or the air:
a rough sea.
having a violently irregular motion; uncomfortably or dangerously uneven:
The plane had a rough flight in the storm.
stormy or tempestuous, as wind or weather.
sharp or harsh:
a rough temper.
unmannerly or rude:
his rough and churlish manner; They exchanged rough words.
disorderly or riotous:
a rough mob.
difficult or unpleasant:
to have a rough time of it.
harsh to the ear; grating or jarring, as sounds.
harsh to the taste; sharp or astringent:
a rough wine.
coarse, as food.
lacking culture or refinement:
a rough, countrified manner.
without refinements, luxuries, or ordinary comforts or conveniences:
requiring exertion or strength rather than intelligence or skill:
rough manual labor.
not elaborated, perfected, or corrected; unpolished, as language, verse, or style:
a rough draft.
made or done without any attempt at exactness, completeness, or thoroughness; approximate or tentative:
a rough guess.
crude, unwrought, nonprocessed, or unprepared:
Phonetics. uttered with aspiration; having the sound of h; aspirated.
something that is rough, especially rough ground.
Golf. any part of the course bordering the fairway on which the grass, weeds, etc., are not trimmed.
the unpleasant or difficult part of anything.
anything in its crude or preliminary form, as a drawing.
Chiefly British. a rowdy; ruffian.
in a rough manner; roughly.
verb (used with object), roughed, roughing.
to make rough; roughen.
to give a beating to, manhandle, or subject to physical violence (often followed by up):
The mob roughed up the speaker.
to subject to some rough, preliminary process of working or preparation (often followed by down, off, or out):
to rough off boards.
to sketch roughly or in outline (often followed by in or out):
to rough out a diagram; to rough in the conversation of a novel.
Sports. to subject (a player on the opposing team) to unnecessary physical abuse, as in blocking or tackling:
The team was penalized 15 yards for roughing the kicker.
verb (used without object), roughed, roughing.
to become rough, as a surface.
to behave roughly.
in the rough, in a rough, crude, or unfinished state:
The country has an exciting potential, but civilization there is still in the rough.
rough it, to live without the customary comforts or conveniences; endure rugged conditions:
We really roughed it on our fishing trip.
(of a surface) not smooth; uneven or irregular
(of ground) covered with scrub, boulders, etc
denoting or taking place on uncultivated ground: rough grazing, rough shooting
shaggy or hairy
turbulent; agitated: a rough sea
(of the performance or motion of something) uneven; irregular: a rough engine
(of behaviour or character) rude, coarse, ill mannered, inconsiderate, or violent
harsh or sharp: rough words
(informal) severe or unpleasant: a rough lesson
(of work, a task, etc) requiring physical rather than mental effort
(informal) ill or physically upset: he felt rough after an evening of heavy drinking
unfair or unjust: rough luck
harsh or grating to the ear
harsh to the taste
without refinement, luxury, etc
not polished or perfected in any detail; rudimentary; not elaborate: rough workmanship, rough justice
not prepared or dressed: rough gemstones
(of a guess, estimate, etc) approximate
(Austral, informal) (of a chance) not good
having the sound of h; aspirated
(informal, mainly Brit) rough on
unfortunate for (a person)
the rough side of one’s tongue, harsh words; a reprimand, rebuke, or verbal attack
a sketch or preliminary piece of artwork
an unfinished or crude state (esp in the phrase in the rough)
(golf) the rough, the part of the course bordering the fairways where the grass is untrimmed
(tennis, squash, badminton) the side of a racket on which the binding strings form an uneven line
(informal) a rough or violent person; thug
the unpleasant side of something (esp in the phrase take the rough with the smooth)
in a rough manner; roughly
sleep rough, to spend the night in the open; be without a home or without shelter
(transitive) to make rough; roughen
(transitive; foll by out, in, etc) to prepare (a sketch, report, piece of work, etc) in preliminary form
(informal) rough it, to live without the usual comforts or conveniences of life
noun 1. a rough, coarse person; a tough. 2. any laborer working on an oil-drilling rig. Compare roustabout (def 4). verb (used without object) 3. to work as a roughneck. noun (slang) 1. a rough or violent person; thug 2. a worker in an oil-drilling operation roughneck
- Rough passage
noun 1. a stormy sea journey 2. a difficult or testing time
- Rough puff pastry
noun 1. a rich flaky pastry made with butter and used for pie-crusts, flans, etc
noun 1. a person who breaks horses to the saddle. 2. a person accustomed to rough or hard riding. noun 1. a rider of wild or unbroken horses