[ vuhl-ger ]
/ ˈvʌl gər /
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.
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Origin of vulgar
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin vulgāris, equivalent to vulg(us) the general public + -āris -ar1
vul·gar·ly, adverbvul·gar·ness, nounun·vul·gar, adjectiveun·vul·gar·ly, adverb
1. See common.
Terms that are labeled Vulgar in this dictionary are considered inappropriate in many circumstances because of their association with a taboo subject. Major taboo subjects in English-speaking countries are sex and excretion and the parts of the body associated with those functions.
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British Dictionary definitions for vulgars
/ (ˈvʌlɡə) /
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
Derived Formsvulgarly, adverb
Word Origin for vulgar
C14: from Latin vulgāris belonging to the multitude, from vulgus the common people
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