[ ruhs-tik ]
/ ˈrʌs tɪk /



a country person.
an unsophisticated country person.

Nearby words

  1. rust-colored,
  2. rust-through,
  3. rustavi,
  4. rustbelt,
  5. rustbucket,
  6. rustic joint,
  7. rusticana,
  8. rusticate,
  9. rusticating,
  10. rustication

Origin of rustic

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin rūsticus, equivalent to rūs the country (see rural) + -ticus adj. suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for rustic


/ (ˈrʌstɪk) /



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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