/ (ˈrʌfɪ) /


a small food fish of the family Arripididae, found in southern and western Australian watersAlso called: orange roughy, ruff, tommy rough

British Dictionary definitions for roughie (2 of 2)



noun Australian slang

something unfair, esp a trickhe put a roughie over
(in horse racing) an outsider that wins
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Examples from the Web for roughie

  • He ran—of course the noise got worse; he ran faster, and it grew louder—faster still—oh, my poor Roughie!

    The House That Grew|Mrs. Molesworth
  • I can see Roughie'—for Rough, had considered it more manly to stay in the shop—'and Mr.—your papa, Celestina.

    The Rectory Children|Mrs Molesworth
  • Mr. Trevor glanced, still a little doubtfully, at Roughie in my arms.

    The House That Grew|Mrs. Molesworth
  • But for my having him in my arms, he would have made an end of Roughie, and certainly I would never have told this story.

    The House That Grew|Mrs. Molesworth