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[ruhf-ish] /ˈrʌf ɪʃ/
rather rough:
a roughish sea.
Origin of roughish
First recorded in 1755-65; rough + -ish1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They're tenant-farmers about here mostly, and rather a roughish lot, as you may say.

    Fenton's Quest M. E. Braddon
  • “Lemons and lamprey” must have had a roughish seat, atop of pig and sour cream.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • They had a roughish time of it in St. Alban's race, 'Aline' going the more easily through the seas.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • They say he gave his wife a roughish time of it occasionally.

  • This is the main road to Chester, and away on our right is an open country running up into roughish moorland and hills.

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough
  • Even as the clerk had said he was a roughish looking customer, and he was sober.

    A Secret of the Lebombo Bertram Mitford
  • I'll watch him, and we can make a roughish sort of bed with the cushions from the gig.

    Bristol Bells Emma Marshall
  • When he was doing the Mallarm, he put the paper down on a roughish book cover.

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • This tree sometimes rises to a great height, and is covered with a roughish bark.

  • Sometimes the stem is roughish, only three or four inches tall, springing from a tuft of small leaves, stiff and almost prickly.

British Dictionary definitions for roughish


somewhat rough
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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