adjective, rough·er, rough·est.
verb (used with object), roughed, rough·ing.
verb (used without object), roughed, rough·ing.
Origin of rough
SYNONYMS FOR rough
Can be confusedrough ruff
Examples from the Web for rough
Gurley was gunned down on Nov. 20, when a pair of cops was patrolling the rough housing project.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC|M.L. Nestel|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
CEO Michael Lynton showed a rough cut of the movie to U.S. officials before moving ahead.Exclusive: Sony Emails Say State Department Blessed Kim Jong-Un Assassination in ‘The Interview’|William Boot|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
According to contemporary reports, at several of the truces, there were rough soccer matches between the German and British sides.
Wahlberg grew up the youngest of nine children in a broken home in the rough Dorchester section of Boston.Mark Wahlberg’s Pardon Plea: A Look Back At His Troubling, Violent, and Racist Rap Sheet|Marlow Stern|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The robots can slice through stone and rough out vast blocks of stone while the artisans are sleeping.
But it was rough and thunderous still, and its wave-crests gleamed whitely under the starlight.Culm Rock|Glance Gaylord
Thure and Bud were too familiar with this type of wilderness manhood to be worried in the least over their rough looks and dress.The Cave of Gold|Everett McNeil
A sudden turn of the trail revealed a squatter's hut built of rough lumber, and standing beneath a live-oak.Bunch Grass|Horace Annesley Vachell
We have had hard times, and hard marching through this rough country, but thanks be to God, I have escaped with a whole skin.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
Rough steps were cut in the side of the pit and, after descending some thirty feet, John found himself in a long passage.For the Temple|G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for rough
- severe towards
- unfortunate for (a person)
Derived Formsroughness, noun
Word Origin for rough
Idioms and Phrases with rough
In addition to the idioms beginning with rough
- rough and ready
- rough and tumble
- rough it
- rough on, be
- rough out
- rough up
- diamond in the rough
- ride roughshod over
- take the rough with the smooth
- when the going gets rough