adj. rough•er, rough•est, n. adv. v.
1) having a coarse or uneven surface, as from projections, irregularities, or breaks
2) shaggy or coarse:
a dog with a rough coat[/ex]
3) steep or uneven and covered with high grass, brush, stones, etc.; wild:
rough country[/ex]
4) acting with or characterized by violence:
a rough sport[/ex]
5) characterized by turbulence:
rough seas[/ex]
6) stormy or tempestuous, as wind or weather
7) lacking in gentleness, care, or consideration:
rough handling[/ex]
8) sharp or harsh:
rough words[/ex]
9) unmannerly or rude
10) disorderly or riotous:
a rough mob[/ex]
11) difficult or unpleasant:
to have a rough time of it[/ex]
12) harsh to the ear
13) harsh to the taste
14) coarse, as food
15) lacking culture or refinement
16) without comforts or conveniences:
rough camping[/ex]
17) not elaborated, perfected, or corrected; unpolished:
a rough draft[/ex]
18) approximate or tentative:
a rough guess[/ex]
19) crude, nonprocessed, or unprepared:
rough rice[/ex]
20) requiring exertion or strength:
rough manual labor[/ex]
21) something that is rough, esp. rough ground
22) spo any part of a golf course bordering the fairway on which the grass, weeds, etc., are not trimmed
23) the unpleasant or difficult part of anything
24) anything in its crude or preliminary form, as a drawing
25) in a rough manner; roughly
26) to make rough; roughen
27) to subject to physical violence (usu. fol. by up)
28) to subject to some rough, preliminary process of working or preparation
29) to sketch roughly or in outline (often fol. by in or out)
30) spo to subject (a player on an opposing team) to unnecessary physical abuse, as in blocking or tackling
31) to become rough, as a surface
32) to behave roughly
Etymology: bef. 1000; ME (adj. and n.), OE rūh (adj.), c. MD rū(ch), OHGh(G rauh) rough′ish, adj. rough′ly, adv.

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