roughen

[ruhf-uh n]

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become rough or rougher.

Nearby words

  1. rough-voiced,
  2. rough-winged swallow,
  3. roughage,
  4. roughback,
  5. roughcast,
  6. rougher,
  7. roughhouse,
  8. roughie,
  9. roughing mill,
  10. roughing-in

Origin of roughen

First recorded in 1580–90; rough + -en1

Related formsrough·en·er, nounun·rough·ened, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for roughen

roughen

verb

to make or become rough
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Word Origin and History for roughen

roughen

v.

1580s, from rough (adj.) + -en (1). Related: Roughened; roughening.

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