[ ruhs-tik ]
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  1. of, relating to, or living in the country, as distinguished from towns or cities; rural.

  2. simple, artless, or unsophisticated.

  1. uncouth, rude, or boorish.

  2. made of roughly dressed limbs or roots of trees, as garden seats.

  3. (of stonework) having the surfaces rough or irregular and the joints sunken or beveled.

  1. a country person.

  2. an unsophisticated country person.

Origin of rustic

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin rūsticus, equivalent to rūs “the country” (see rural) + -ticus adjective suffix

synonym study For rustic

1. See rural.

Opposites for rustic

Other words from rustic

  • rus·ti·cal, adjective
  • rus·ti·cal·ly, rus·tic·ly, adverb
  • rus·ti·cal·ness, rus·tic·ness, noun
  • non·rus·tic, adjective
  • non·rus·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·rus·tic, adjective
  • un·rus·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby rustic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rustic in a sentence

  • They found the old woman alone, knitting in her rustic chair in her floral bower on the roof.

    The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
  • A very pretty picture in a frame-work of brown and green, thought the old man in the rustic chair on the piazza.

    Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
  • This rustic porch, overhung with luxuriant vines, evidently served as the family sitting-room.

  • It had cushioned seats all round, a rustic table at one side, and stained glass, tiny-paned windows.

    Robin Redbreast | Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • I drew her to a desolate rustic bench and put my arm round her and let her sob herself out.

    Jaffery | William J. Locke

British Dictionary definitions for rustic


/ (ˈrʌstɪk) /

  1. of, characteristic of, or living in the country; rural

  2. having qualities ascribed to country life or people; simple; unsophisticated: rustic pleasures

  1. crude, awkward, or uncouth

  2. made of untrimmed branches: a rustic seat

  3. 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

  4. (of masonry) having a rusticated finish

  1. a person who comes from or lives in the country

  2. an unsophisticated, simple, or clownish person from the country

  1. Also called: rusticwork brick or stone having a rough finish

Origin of rustic

C16: from Old French rustique, from Latin rūsticus, from rūs the country

Derived forms of rustic

  • rustically, adverb
  • rusticity (rʌˈstɪsɪtɪ), noun

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