adjective, rough·er, rough·est.
verb (used with object), roughed, rough·ing.
verb (used without object), roughed, rough·ing.
Origin of rough
SYNONYMS FOR rough
Can be confusedrough ruff
Examples from the Web for roughness
If you call this roughness, I'm sorry, but this Tayyip Erdogan won't change.
But for some there remains a brutality here, a roughness born of systematic, racialized oppression and desperate poverty.
The roughness of the surface of the leaves of grasses is due to the presence of very minute short hairs borne by the epidermis.A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses|Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
But the theme by amplification became nauseous, and he at length with some roughness put an end to the tale.Caleb Williams|William Godwin
Let them examine the bark of the trunk and describe its colour and roughness.Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study|Ontario Ministry of Education
It has all the appearance of it in roughness, thickness, and very unequal opacity.
His constancy to his theories, whether of faith or art, was English; his roughness of form was positively early Teutonic.The Poetry Of Robert Browning|Stopford A. Brooke
British Dictionary definitions for roughness
- severe towards
- unfortunate for (a person)
Derived Formsroughness, noun
Word Origin for rough
Idioms and Phrases with roughness
In addition to the idioms beginning with rough
- rough and ready
- rough and tumble
- rough it
- rough on, be
- rough out
- rough up
- diamond in the rough
- ride roughshod over
- take the rough with the smooth
- when the going gets rough