[ UK /ɹˈʌf/ ]
[ US /ˈɹəf/ ]
  1. having or caused by an irregular surface
    rough ground
    rough skin
    trees with rough bark
    his unsmooth face
    rough blankets
  2. unpleasantly stern
    wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus
    the nomad life is rough and hazardous
  3. not perfected
    a few rough sketches
    a rough draft
  4. unkind or cruel or uncivil
    a harsh and unlovable old tyrant
    had harsh words
    a rough answer
  5. ready and able to resort to force or violence
    pugnacious spirits...lamented that there was so little prospect of an exhilarating disturbance
    they were rough and determined fighting men
  6. not quite exact or correct
    a ballpark estimate
    the approximate time was 10 o'clock
    a rough guess
  7. not carefully or expertly made
    managed to make a crude splint
    rough carpentry
    a crude cabin of logs with bark still on them
  8. of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped
  9. violently agitated and turbulent
    boisterous winds and waves
    rough seas
    the fierce thunders roar me their music
    rough weather
  10. full of hardship or trials
    they were having a rough time
    the rocky road to success
  11. unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound
    a gravelly voice
  12. causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements
    a rough ride
  13. not shaped by cutting or trimming
    an uncut diamond
    rough gemstones
  14. (of persons or behavior) lacking refinement or finesse
    rough manners
    she was a diamond in the rough
  1. with rough motion as over a rough surface
    ride rough
  2. with roughness or violence (`rough' is an informal variant for `roughly')
    he was pushed roughly aside
    they treated him rough
  1. prepare in preliminary or sketchy form
  1. the part of a golf course bordering the fairway where the grass is not cut short
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How To Use rough In A Sentence

  • Hurrah!" came from the right, and the cheer was taken up from the left, while _crack, crack, crack_, rifles were being brought well into play. Charge! A Story of Briton and Boer
  • It has half a bad novel inside it so I've never quite brought myself to throw it out.
  • On the ranges of Fort Devens, the troops were put through their paces on US weapons, from the stock-in-trade M16 assault rifle to the frighteningly-effective M249 SAW light machine gun.
  • Companies need to be able to handle surges, otherwise the cost of generating leads is wasted and prospective customers who cannot get through may get such a bad impression of the company that they do not bother calling back.
  • When the moment finally comes, one look through his cataract lenses is all it takes. Christianity Today
  • Academic excellence was matched with extra-curricular activities of every description - from drama through sport to foreign travel.
  • Before Malfurion could ask who she meant, Tyrande brought the glaive up in a salute and murmured something in the hidden tongue of the Sisterhood. WORLD OF WARCRAFT STORMRAGE
  • He hoped the roots would harbor the fungi and spread them throughout the compost, but the fungi didn't spread well enough.
  • Druses were common throughout the mesophyll tissues, and peltate, glandular trichomes were present on both epidermises.
  • There's no massive hills and the swim won't be rough. Times, Sunday Times
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