Synonyms of rough


1. rough, site, land site

usage: the part of a golf course bordering the fairway where the grass is not cut short


1. rough in, rough, rough out, prepare

usage: prepare in preliminary or sketchy form


1. rough (vs. smooth), unsmooth, abrasive, scratchy, alligatored, cracked, barky, broken, rugged, bullate, bumpy, chapped, cracked, roughened, corded, twilled, costate, ribbed, cragged, craggy, hilly, mountainous, crushed, homespun(predicate), nubby, nubbly, slubbed, tweedy, imbricate, imbricated, lepidote, leprose, scabrous, scaly, scurfy, squamulose, lined, seamed, pocked, pockmarked, potholed, rock-ribbed, rockbound, rocky, bouldery, bouldered, stony, gravelly, pebbly, shingly, roughish, rugose, sandpapery, saw-like, scabby, shagged, shaggy, textured, rough-textured, coarse-textured, verrucose, warty, wartlike, coarse#1, harsh, irregular, nonslippery, uneven, unironed#1, wrinkled, unpolished

usage: having or caused by an irregular surface; "trees with rough bark"; "rough ground"; "rough skin"; "rough blankets"; "his unsmooth face"

2. rough, unrefined (vs. refined)

usage: (of persons or behavior) lacking refinement or finesse; "she was a diamond in the rough"; "rough manners"

3. approximate, approximative, rough, inexact (vs. exact)

usage: not quite exact or correct; "the approximate time was 10 o'clock"; "a rough guess"; "a ballpark estimate"

4. rocky, rough, difficult (vs. easy), hard

usage: full of hardship or trials; "the rocky road to success"; "they were having a rough time"

5. boisterous, fierce, rough, stormy (vs. calm)

usage: violently agitated and turbulent; "boisterous winds and waves"; "the fierce thunders roar me their music"- Ezra Pound; "rough weather"; "rough seas"

6. grating, gravelly, rasping, raspy, rough, scratchy, cacophonous (vs. euphonious), cacophonic

usage: unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound; "a gravelly voice"

7. pugnacious, rough, aggressive (vs. unaggressive)

usage: ready and able to resort to force or violence; "pugnacious spirits...lamented that there was so little prospect of an exhilarating disturbance"- Herman Melville; "they were rough and determined fighting men"

8. rough (vs. smooth), bidentate, biserrate, ciliate, ciliated, crenate, crenated, scalloped, crenulate, crenulated, crispate, dentate, denticulate, emarginate, erose, jagged, jaggy, notched, toothed, fimbriate, fringed, laciniate, lacerate, lacerated, pectinate, rimose, runcinate, serrate, serrated, saw-toothed, toothed, notched, serrulate, spinose, simple#6, unsubdivided, compound

usage: of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped

9. rough (vs. smooth), rocky, bumpy, jolty, jolting, jumpy

usage: causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements; "a rough ride"

10. uncut (vs. cut), rough, unsheared

usage: not shaped by cutting or trimming; "an uncut diamond"; "rough gemstones"

11. crude, rough, unskilled (vs. skilled)

usage: not carefully or expertly made; "managed to make a crude splint"; "a crude cabin of logs with bark still on them"; "rough carpentry"

12. rough, unpolished (vs. polished)

usage: not perfected; "a rough draft"; "a few rough sketches"

13. harsh, rough, unpleasant (vs. pleasant)

usage: unpleasantly stern; "wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus"; "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"

14. harsh, rough, unkind (vs. kind)

usage: unkind or cruel or uncivil; "had harsh words"; "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"; "a rough answer"


1. roughly, rough

usage: with roughness or violence (`rough' is an informal variant for `roughly'); "he was pushed roughly aside"; "they treated him rough"

2. roughly, rough

usage: with rough motion as over a rough surface; "ride rough"

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Definition and meaning of rough (Dictionary)