a country person.
an unsophisticated country person.

Origin of rustic

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin rūsticus, equivalent to rūs the country (see rural) + -ticus adj. suffix
Related formsrus·ti·cal, adjectiverus·ti·cal·ly, rus·tic·ly, adverbrus·ti·cal·ness, rus·tic·ness, nounnon·rus·tic, adjectivenon·rus·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·rus·tic, adjectiveun·rus·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms for rustic

1. See rural.

Antonyms for rustic

1. urban. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rustic

Contemporary Examples of rustic

Historical Examples of rustic

  • Why else should they wander together in the woods, or be so lost in talk by rustic streams?

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • And presently the rustic young gamester is tossing somersets for a penny.

  • "I could play lovers a deal better," said the rustic cherub.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • I found at the inn a young maid who spoke a sort of rustic Italian.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • And there were, about her, other suggestions of a rustic and homely nature.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for rustic



of, characteristic of, or living in the country; rural
having qualities ascribed to country life or people; simple; unsophisticatedrustic pleasures
crude, awkward, or uncouth
made of untrimmed branchesa rustic seat
denoting or characteristic of a style of furniture popular in England in the 18th and 19th centuries, in which the legs and feet of chairs, tables, etc, were made to resemble roots, trunks, and branches of trees
(of masonry) having a rusticated finish


a person who comes from or lives in the country
an unsophisticated, simple, or clownish person from the country
Also called: rusticwork brick or stone having a rough finish
Derived Formsrustically, adverbrusticity (rʌˈstɪsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for rustic

C16: from Old French rustique, from Latin rūsticus, from rūs the country
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Word Origin and History for rustic

mid-15c., from Latin rusticus "of the country, rural; country-like, plain, simple, rough, coarse, awkward," from rus (genitive ruris) "open land, country" (see rural). Noun meaning "a country person, peasant" is from 1550s (also in classical Latin). Related: Rustical (early 15c.).

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