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rustic

[ruhs-tik]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or living in the country, as distinguished from towns or cities; rural.
  2. simple, artless, or unsophisticated.
  3. uncouth, rude, or boorish.
  4. made of roughly dressed limbs or roots of trees, as garden seats.
  5. (of stonework) having the surfaces rough or irregular and the joints sunken or beveled.
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noun
  1. a country person.
  2. an unsophisticated country person.
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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

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1. See rural.

Antonyms

1. urban.
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Related Words

provincialidyllicpastoralagrarianbucolicrusticbackwoodsagriculturalcountrifiedfarmnaturalranchsimplesylvanunsophisticatedarcadianagronomicgeorgicoutlandrustical

Examples from the Web for rustical

Historical Examples

  • The rustical driver of the Leeds to York stage, happily, did not know who his passenger was.

    The Great North Road: York to Edinburgh

    Charles G. Harper

  • He is some country beau, the dandy of some market town, the son of some rustical justice, the cock of some village.

    A Gentleman Player

    Robert Neilson Stephens

  • Ladds thought that she must be some shy maiden from the country—a little "rustical" perhaps.

  • "I am afraid you do not like my name, sir," says I, annoyed with myself to be annoyed with such a rustical fellow.

    David Balfour, Second Part

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Was it possible that in the whirligig of time a future could lie before one so uncouth and rustical?


British Dictionary definitions for rustical

rustic

adjective
  1. of, characteristic of, or living in the country; rural
  2. having qualities ascribed to country life or people; simple; unsophisticatedrustic pleasures
  3. crude, awkward, or uncouth
  4. made of untrimmed branchesa rustic seat
  5. 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
  6. (of masonry) having a rusticated finish
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noun
  1. a person who comes from or lives in the country
  2. an unsophisticated, simple, or clownish person from the country
  3. Also called: rusticwork brick or stone having a rough finish
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Derived Formsrustically, adverbrusticity (rʌˈstɪsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin

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

rustic

adj.

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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