rough /rʌf/USA pronunciation  adj.,  -er, -est,n., adv., v. 

adj. 
  1. having a coarse or uneven surface;
    not smooth:rough, worn skin.
  2. steep or uneven and covered with high grass, etc.; wild:rough country.
  3. acting with or marked by violence:Hockey is a rough sport.
  4. lacking in gentleness, care, or consideration:rough handling.
  5. crude, rude, or lacking culture:a rough peasant.
  6. difficult or unpleasant:a rough year for consumers.
  7. dangerous because of violence or crime:He came from a rough neighborhood.
  8. not perfected; unpolished:a rough draft.
  9. approximate;
    not exact:a rough estimate.

n. [uncountable]
  1. something rough, esp. ground.
  2. part of a golf course bordering the fairway, on which the grass, weeds, etc., are not trimmed:The ball landed in the rough.
  3. anything in its unfinished or early form, as a drawing:drawn in the rough.

adv. 
  1. in a rough manner; roughly:I'm warning you, that mob plays rough.

v. 
  1. rough up, to treat (someone) with physical violence: [+ up + object]The muggers roughed up their victim.[+ object + up]They always rough their victims up.
  2. to make or shape roughly or in outline: [+ in + object]The designers roughed in the placement of the windows.[+ out + object]She roughed out a few plans.
idiom
  1. rough it, [Informal.]to live without comforts or conveniences:roughed it in the bush for two years.

rough•ness, n. [uncountable]


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

rough /rʌf/ adj
  1. (of a surface) not smooth; uneven or irregular
  2. (of ground) covered with scrub, boulders, etc
  3. denoting or taking place on uncultivated ground: rough grazing, rough shooting
  4. shaggy or hairy
  5. turbulent; agitated: a rough sea
  6. (of the performance or motion of something) uneven; irregular: a rough engine
  7. (of behaviour or character) rude, coarse, ill mannered, inconsiderate, or violent
  8. harsh or sharp: rough words
  9. informal severe or unpleasant: a rough lesson
  10. (of work, a task, etc) requiring physical rather than mental effort
  11. informal ill or physically upset: he felt rough after an evening of heavy drinking
  12. unfair or unjust: rough luck
  13. harsh or grating to the ear
  14. without refinement, luxury, etc
  15. not polished or perfected in any detail; rudimentary; not elaborate: rough workmanship, rough justice
  16. not prepared or dressed: rough gemstones
  17. (of a guess, estimate, etc) approximate
  18. having the sound of h; aspirated
  19. rough oninformal chiefly Brit severe towards
  20. unfortunate for (a person)
  21. the rough side of one's tongueharsh words; a reprimand, rebuke, or verbal attack
n
  1. rough ground
  2. a sketch or preliminary piece of artwork
  3. an unfinished or crude state (esp in the phrase in the rough)
  4. the roughthe part of the course bordering the fairways where the grass is untrimmed
  5. informal a rough or violent person; thug
  6. the unpleasant side of something (esp in the phrase take the rough with the smooth)
adv
  1. in a rough manner; roughly
  2. sleep roughto spend the night in the open; be without a home or without shelter
vb
  1. (transitive) to make rough; roughen
  2. (tr; followed by out, in, etc) to prepare (a sketch, report, piece of work, etc) in preliminary form
  3. rough itinformal to live without the usual comforts or conveniences of life

See also rough upEtymology: Old English rūh; related to Old Norse ruksa, Middle Dutch rūge, rūwe, German rauh

ˈroughness n



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