[ ruhf-kast, -kahst ]
/ ˈrʌfˌkæst, -ˌkɑst /


Also called spatter dash. an exterior wall finish composed of mortar and fine pebbles mixed together and dashed against the wall.Compare pebble dash.
a crudely formed pattern or model.

verb (used with object), rough·cast, rough·cast·ing.

to cover or coat with roughcast.
to make, shape, or prepare in a rough form: to roughcast a story.

Origin of roughcast

First recorded in 1510–20; rough + cast


rough·cast·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for 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

/ (ˈrʌfˌkɑːst) /


a coarse plaster used to cover the surface of an external wall
any rough or preliminary form, model, etc


covered with or denoting roughcast

verb -casts, -casting or -cast

to apply roughcast to (a wall, etc)
to prepare in rough
(tr) another word for rough-hew

Derived forms of roughcast

roughcaster, noun
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