[ruhf-uh n-red-ee]
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  1. rough, rude, or crude, but good enough for the purpose: a rough-and-ready estimate of future expenses.
  2. exhibiting or showing rough vigor rather than refinement or delicacy: a cowboy—the rough-and-ready type.

Origin of rough-and-ready

First recorded in 1800–10
Related formsrough-and-read·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for rough-and-ready

Historical Examples of rough-and-ready

  • You are one of the rough-and-ready order, who are never late.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • Then came the rough-and-ready sentence of the camp-followers.

    Earth's Enigmas

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • McCook and Wood swear like pirates, and affect the rough-and-ready style.

  • Rough-and-Ready said nothing at the time, and De Lisle attended to his duty as usual.

    Paddy Finn

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • Their organisation is rough-and-ready, like themselves, and simple too.

    Battles with the Sea

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for rough-and-ready


  1. crude, unpolished, or hastily prepared, but sufficient for the purpose
  2. (of a person) without formality or refinement; rudely vigorous
Derived Formsrough-and-readiness, noun
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