brutal; cruel.
gross; coarse.
carnal; sensual.
bestial; like an animal.

Origin of brutish

First recorded in 1485–95; brute1 + -ish1
Related formsbrut·ish·ly, adverbbrut·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brutish

Contemporary Examples of brutish

Historical Examples of brutish

  • Laziness, that brutish existence which had been his dream, proved his punishment.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • Pluto listened, and his face grew hard, brutish in its sullen hate.

    The Bondwoman

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • This is a brutish Malthusianism which must be adamantly countered.


    Christopher Morley

  • Just because they were so unclean and brutish His holiness longed all the more to cleanse them.

    True Words for Brave Men

    Charles Kingsley

  • There were no divinity, but by reason of compassion for revenges are brutish and mortal.


    Edmund Gosse

British Dictionary definitions for brutish



of, relating to, or resembling a brute or brutes; animal
coarse; cruel; stupid
Derived Formsbrutishly, adverbbrutishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for brutish

1530s, "pertaining to animals," from brute (n.) + -ish. In reference to human brutes, from 1550s. Related: Brutishly; brutishness.

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