rather rough: a roughish sea.

Origin of roughish

First recorded in 1755–65; rough + -ish1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for roughish

Historical Examples of roughish

  • From this state of bliss he was rudely awakened by a roughish poke in the back.

    Red Rooney

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • I'll watch him, and we can make a roughish sort of bed with the cushions from the gig.

    Bristol Bells

    Emma Marshall

  • “Lemons and lamprey” must have had a roughish seat, atop of pig and sour cream.

    Cakes & Ale

    Edward Spencer

  • They say he gave his wife a roughish time of it occasionally.

  • Even as the clerk had said he was a roughish looking customer, and he was sober.

British Dictionary definitions for roughish



somewhat rough
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