- characterized by ignorance of or lack of good breeding or taste: vulgar ostentation.
- indecent; obscene; lewd: a vulgar work; a vulgar gesture.
- crude; coarse; unrefined: a vulgar peasant.
- of, relating to, or constituting the ordinary people in a society: the vulgar masses.
- current; popular; common: a vulgar success; vulgar beliefs.
- spoken by, or being in the language spoken by, the people generally; vernacular: vulgar tongue.
- lacking in distinction, aesthetic value, or charm; banal; ordinary: a vulgar painting.
- Archaic. the common people.
- Obsolete. the vernacular.
Origin of vulgar
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Examples from the Web for vulgarly
So enough; come with me and learn how to be vulgarly robust.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
The dear woman licked her chops, not vulgarly, of course, but mentally.The Paliser case
He is, by the way, not half such a fool as he looks and is vulgarly supposed to be.Two Sides of the Face
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
In short, she was a branchiopod, to be vulgarly precise, a water-flea."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
The whole meeting, in fact, was what is vulgarly called a bilk.Merry-Garden and Other Stories
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
- marked by lack of taste, culture, delicacy, manners, etcvulgar behaviour; vulgar language
- (often capital; usually prenominal) denoting a form of a language, esp of Latin, current among common people, esp at a period when the formal language is archaic and not in general spoken use
- of, relating to, or current among the great mass of common people, in contrast to the educated, cultured, or privileged; ordinary
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the vulgar
Word Origin and History for vulgarly
late 14c., "common, ordinary," from Latin vulgaris "of or pertaining to the common people, common, vulgar," from vulgus "the common people, multitude, crowd, throng," from PIE root *wel- "to crowd, throng" (cf. Sanskrit vargah "division, group," Greek eilein "to press, throng," Middle Breton gwal'ch "abundance," Welsh gwala "sufficiency, enough"). Meaning "coarse, low, ill-bred" is first recorded 1640s, probably from earlier use (with reference to people) with meaning "belonging to the ordinary class" (1530).