cut into small, irregular pieces (contrasted with fine-cut): rough-cut tobacco.

Origin of rough-cut

First recorded in 1965–70

rough cut

noun Movies.

the first assembly of a film following preliminary cutting and editing.
Compare final cut.

Origin of rough cut

First recorded in 1935–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rough-cut

Historical Examples of rough-cut

  • In her rough-cut features there was an element of lurking malevolence.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

  • Arches in brickwork may be classed under three heads: plain arches, rough-cut and gauged.

  • A fragrant woodbine formed a beautiful lattice-work over the rough-cut hole in the wall which answered for a window.


    Effie Afton

  • The cottage came in view, and a bright light streamed through the rough-cut window.


    Effie Afton

  • Together they followed Stark up the rough-cut stair that led to the top of the Wall.

    Black Amazon of Mars

    Leigh Brackett

British Dictionary definitions for rough-cut



a first edited version of a film with the scenes in sequence and the soundtrack synchronized
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