Nearby words

  1. rouge croix,
  2. rouge dragon,
  3. rouge et noir,
  4. rouget cell,
  5. rouget de lisle,
  6. rough and ready,
  7. rough and tumble,
  8. rough bluegrass,
  9. rough breathing,
  10. rough collie

Idioms

    in the rough, in a rough, crude, or unfinished state: The country has an exciting potential, but civilization there is still in the rough.
    rough it, to live without the customary comforts or conveniences; endure rugged conditions: We really roughed it on our fishing trip.

Origin of rough

before 1000; Middle English (adj. and noun); Old English rūh (adj.); cognate with Dutch ruig, German rauh

Related forms
Can be confusedrough ruff

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British Dictionary definitions for roughest

Derived Formsroughness, noun

Word Origin for rough

Old English rūh; related to Old Norse ruksa, Middle Dutch rūge, rūwe, German rauh

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Word Origin and History for roughest
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Idioms and Phrases with roughest

rough

In addition to the idioms beginning with rough

  • rough and ready
  • rough and tumble
  • rough it
  • rough on, be
  • rough out
  • rough up

also see:

  • diamond in the rough
  • ride roughshod over
  • take the rough with the smooth
  • when the going gets rough
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