- characterized by ignorance of or lack of good breeding or taste: vulgar ostentation.
- indecent; obscene; lewd: a vulgar work; a vulgar gesture.
- crude; coarse; unrefined: a vulgar peasant.
- of, relating to, or constituting the ordinary people in a society: the vulgar masses.
- current; popular; common: a vulgar success; vulgar beliefs.
- spoken by, or being in the language spoken by, the people generally; vernacular: vulgar tongue.
- lacking in distinction, aesthetic value, or charm; banal; ordinary: a vulgar painting.
- Archaic. the common people.
- Obsolete. the vernacular.
Origin of vulgar
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Examples from the Web for vulgar
It was never intended to do anything as vulgar as actually earn money.The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and Greta Garbo
December 16, 2014
It was the fundraiser to end all fundraisers, and no one was even asked to do anything so vulgar as to contribute any cash.Kate Middleton and Prince William's $2m Dinner
December 8, 2014
For all the vulgar jokes we collectively enjoy, there's a cultural disconnect between sexual humor and actual eroticism.Inside the Greatest Porn Parody Factory: From ‘Game of Bones’ to ‘The Humper Games’
November 28, 2014
In fact, Rampal preached against adultery and “vulgar singing and dancing.”Is India’s Fallen ‘God-Man’ So Different From a Megachurch Pastor?
November 21, 2014
Sarah Silverman usually has a fun, vulgar time getting her political points across.Sarah Silverman’s History of Pro-Woman, Liberal, and Vagina-Related Activism
October 8, 2014
To play upon the silver-voiced flute is Theban-like and vulgar.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
She was quite unable to repress a vulgar interest in the menials that served her.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
You wouldn't believe the vulgar things Harry would say out of pure fun!
He was vulgar with a vulgarity that went miles deeper than that of the major.
She says they're vulgar for an innocent country girl like her cousin, Agnes Lynch.Within the Law
- marked by lack of taste, culture, delicacy, manners, etcvulgar behaviour; vulgar language
- (often capital; usually prenominal) denoting a form of a language, esp of Latin, current among common people, esp at a period when the formal language is archaic and not in general spoken use
- of, relating to, or current among the great mass of common people, in contrast to the educated, cultured, or privileged; ordinary
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the vulgar
Word Origin and History for vulgar
late 14c., "common, ordinary," from Latin vulgaris "of or pertaining to the common people, common, vulgar," from vulgus "the common people, multitude, crowd, throng," from PIE root *wel- "to crowd, throng" (cf. Sanskrit vargah "division, group," Greek eilein "to press, throng," Middle Breton gwal'ch "abundance," Welsh gwala "sufficiency, enough"). Meaning "coarse, low, ill-bred" is first recorded 1640s, probably from earlier use (with reference to people) with meaning "belonging to the ordinary class" (1530).