- of, relating to, or living in the country, as distinguished from towns or cities; rural.
- simple, artless, or unsophisticated.
- uncouth, rude, or boorish.
- made of roughly dressed limbs or roots of trees, as garden seats.
- (of stonework) having the surfaces rough or irregular and the joints sunken or beveled.
- a country person.
- an unsophisticated country person.
Origin of rustic
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- of, characteristic of, or living in the country; rural
- having qualities ascribed to country life or people; simple; unsophisticatedrustic pleasures
- crude, awkward, or uncouth
- made of untrimmed branchesa rustic seat
- denoting or characteristic of a style of furniture popular in England in the 18th and 19th centuries, in which the legs and feet of chairs, tables, etc, were made to resemble roots, trunks, and branches of trees
- (of masonry) having a rusticated finish
- a person who comes from or lives in the country
- an unsophisticated, simple, or clownish person from the country
- Also called: rusticwork brick or stone having a rough finish
Word Origin and History for rusticness
mid-15c., from Latin rusticus "of the country, rural; country-like, plain, simple, rough, coarse, awkward," from rus (genitive ruris) "open land, country" (see rural). Noun meaning "a country person, peasant" is from 1550s (also in classical Latin). Related: Rustical (early 15c.).