[ UK /ɹˈʌfli/ ]
[ US /ˈɹəfɫi/ ]
ADVERB
  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
  3. (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
    he's about 30 years old
    lasted approximately an hour
    I've had about all I can stand
    roughly $3,000
    some forty people came
    20 or so people were at the party
    holds 3 gallons, more or less
    weighs around a hundred pounds
    in just about a minute
    we meet about once a month
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How To Use roughly In A Sentence

  • I again affirm that I need make no apology for attaching my name to that of one so worthy the esteem of his co-dogs, ay, and co-cats too; for in spite of the differences which have so often raised up a barrier between the members of his race and ours, not even the noblest among us could be degraded by raising a "mew" to the honour of such a thoroughly honest dog. The Adventures of a Dog, and a Good Dog Too
  • The woman is white, in her late twenties to early thirties, roughly five feet five inches tall and of medium build.
  • Applicants for government posts are always thoroughly investigated before being appointed.
  • Part 6 of the Shadow of the Bat (27: 00) takes another thoroughly extensive featurette that concentrates on dissecting the "toyetic" nature of DVD Talk
  • Restlessness is discontent - and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man - and I will show you a failure. Thomas A. Edison 
  • I also have a goldenrod-colored scarf (you know, one of those pashmina-y things) that goes nicely with this, and about two weeks ago I was in "the city" (which seems to be what you call San Francisco, if you live near it) wearing this dress, that scarf, and an old denim Levi's jacket I swiped from my Dad in roughly 1987 (with bright pink leather gloves sticking out of the breast pocket) and a tourist actually STOPPED ME ON THE STREET and asked to take my picture. The Return (With Butterflies) - A Dress A Day
  • A second preoccupation evident in these papers is responsibility, and what could roughly be described as the ethical dimension of conceptualisation.
  • He finished stretching when he was a beanpole, roughly three meters, or eight or nine feet.
  • At roughly the same time, military orders for depleted uranium munitions stopped too.
  • Roughly two hours after they begin, Ralph, Begoña, and thirteen others are still dicing carrots into tiny cubes. The Sorcerer’s Apprentices
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