rough [ruf]
[ME ruh, rugh < OE ruh, akin to Ger rauh < IE * reuk < base * reu-, to tear, tear out (> RUG, ROTTEN): prob. basic sense “hairy, woolly”]
a) not smooth or level; having bumps, projections, etc.; uneven [a rough surface]
b) not easily traveled over or through because rocky, overgrown, wild, etc. [rough country]
2. shaggy or bristly [an animal with a rough coat]
3. characterized by violent action, motion, agitation, disturbance, or irregularity; specif.,
a) stormy; tempestuous [rough weather]
b) boisterous or disorderly [rough play]
4. harsh, rude, brutal, etc.; not gentle or mild [a rough temper]
5. sounding harsh; discordant; jarring
6. tasting harsh or astringent [rough wine]
7. coarse, as texture, cloth, food, etc.
8. coarse in manner, tastes, etc.; lacking refinement or culture [rough men, rough language]
9. lacking refinements, comforts, and conveniences [the rough life of a pioneer]
10. not refined, polished, or prepared; natural, crude, etc. [a rough diamond]
11. not finished, elaborated, perfected, etc. [a rough sketch]
12. not worked out in detail; without claim to be exact or complete; approximate [a rough estimate]
13. requiring muscular energy rather than skill or intelligence [rough labor]
14. Informal difficult, severe, or disagreeable [a rough time]
15. Phonet. articulated with an aspirate; having the sound (h)
1. rough ground
2. rough material or condition
3. the rough part, aspect, etc. of something
4. a rough sketch or draft
5. Chiefly Brit. a rough person; rowdy; tough
6. Golf any part of the course where grass, weeds, etc. are allowed to grow, uncut, forming a hazard or obstacle
1. in a rough manner; roughly
2. Brit. without shelter; outdoors [to sleep rough]
1. to make rough; roughen: often with up
a) to handle or treat roughly or brutally: usually with up
b) Football etc. to subject (an opponent) to intentional and unnecessary roughness
3. to make, fashion, sketch, shape, or cut roughly: usually with in or out [to rough out a scheme]
4. to apply some preparatory or preliminary process or treatment to
1. Rare to become rough
2. to behave roughly [a penalty for roughing]
in the rough
in a rough or crude state
rough it
to live without customary comforts and conveniences, as in camping

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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