[ruhf-kast, -kahst]
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  1. Also called spatter dash. an exterior wall finish composed of mortar and fine pebbles mixed together and dashed against the wall.Compare pebble dash.
  2. a crudely formed pattern or model.
verb (used with object), rough·cast, rough·cast·ing.
  1. to cover or coat with roughcast.
  2. to make, shape, or prepare in a rough form: to roughcast a story.

Origin of roughcast

First recorded in 1510–20; rough + cast
Related formsrough·cast·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for roughcast

Historical Examples of roughcast

  • The wall between the garden and hemp-field was roughcast with lime and pebbles.

    The Devil's Pool

    George Sand

  • But he waved her into silence with a small, roughcast looking hand.

    Happy House

    Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg

British Dictionary definitions for roughcast


  1. a coarse plaster used to cover the surface of an external wall
  2. any rough or preliminary form, model, etc
  1. covered with or denoting roughcast
verb -casts, -casting or -cast
  1. to apply roughcast to (a wall, etc)
  2. to prepare in rough
  3. (tr) another word for rough-hew
Derived Formsroughcaster, noun
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