Definition of Rough


  • the part of a golf course bordering the fairway where the grass is not cut short


  • prepare in preliminary or sketchy form
    - rough in - rough out


  • unkind or cruel or uncivil
    "had harsh words"
    "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"
    "a rough answer"
  • unpleasantly stern
    "wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus"
    "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"
  • not perfected
    "a rough draft"
    "a few rough sketches"
  • not carefully or expertly made
    "managed to make a crude splint"
    "a crude cabin of logs with bark still on them"
    "rough carpentry"
  • not shaped by cutting or trimming
    "an uncut diamond"
    "rough gemstones"
  • causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements
    "a rough ride"
  • of the margin of a leaf shape
    having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped
  • ready and able to resort to force or violence
    "pugnacious spirits...lamented that there was so little prospect of an exhilarating disturbance"- Herman Melville
    "they were rough and determined fighting men"
  • unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound
    "a gravelly voice"
  • violently agitated and turbulent
    "boisterous winds and waves"
    "the fierce thunders roar me their music"- Ezra Pound
    "rough weather"
    "rough seas"
  • full of hardship or trials
    "the rocky road to success"
    "they were having a rough time"
  • not quite exact or correct
    "the approximate time was 10 o'clock"
    "a rough guess"
    "a ballpark estimate"
  • (of persons or behavior) lacking refinement or finesse
    "she was a diamond in the rough"
    "rough manners"
  • having or caused by an irregular surface
    "trees with rough bark"
    "rough ground"
    "rough skin"
    "rough blankets"
    "his unsmooth face"


  • with rough motion as over a rough surface
    "ride rough"
  • with roughness or violence (`rough' is an informal variant for `roughly')
    "he was pushed roughly aside"
    "they treated him rough"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

Word games points for the Rough

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Unscramble rough

19 unscramble word found using the letters rough.

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