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Synonyms for rough

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rough(adj)

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

    undulate, untoothed, even-textured, easy, nonaggressive, creaseless, unseamed, seamless, repand, streamlined, velvet, uncreased, unlined, refined, pleasant, sinuate, fine-textured, smooth, skilled, exact, euphonious, sleek, fast, unnotched, smooth-textured, calm, euphonous, entire, unaggressive, polished, velvety, flowing, kind, velvet-textured, aerodynamic, glassy

  2. rough, unsmooth(adj)

    having or caused by an irregular surface

    "trees with rough bark"; "rough ground"; "rough skin"; "rough blankets"; "his unsmooth face"

    bumpy, approximative, pugnacious, jolting, approximate, gravelly, rocky, fierce, harsh, scratchy, crude, jumpy, boisterous, grating, jolty, raspy, unsmooth, uncut, rasping

    velvet-textured, velvet, euphonous, untoothed, undulate, kind, sinuate, creaseless, seamless, unaggressive, smooth, streamlined, unnotched, easy, euphonious, glassy, fine-textured, uncreased, velvety, calm, smooth-textured, sleek, refined, pleasant, skilled, unlined, even-textured, entire, repand, polished, unseamed, fast, nonaggressive, flowing, exact, aerodynamic

  3. rough(adj)

    (of persons or behavior) lacking refinement or finesse

    "she was a diamond in the rough"; "rough manners"

    bumpy, approximative, pugnacious, jolting, approximate, gravelly, rocky, fierce, harsh, scratchy, crude, jumpy, boisterous, grating, jolty, raspy, unsmooth, uncut, rasping

    entire, untoothed, aerodynamic, streamlined, skilled, velvety, velvet-textured, nonaggressive, unlined, euphonous, unaggressive, fine-textured, polished, smooth, creaseless, uncreased, seamless, flowing, easy, unseamed, refined, sleek, fast, velvet, pleasant, sinuate, kind, smooth-textured, calm, euphonious, unnotched, exact, repand, even-textured, undulate, glassy

  4. approximate, approximative, rough(adj)

    not quite exact or correct

    "the approximate time was 10 o'clock"; "a rough guess"; "a ballpark estimate"

    bumpy, approximative, pugnacious, jolting, jolty, crude, gravelly, rocky, close together(p), fierce, harsh, scratchy, jumpy, boisterous, grating, approximate, near, raspy, unsmooth, uncut, rasping

    exact, velvet-textured, pleasant, creaseless, even-textured, smooth, calm, sinuate, polished, unnotched, unseamed, untoothed, nonaggressive, fine-textured, kind, uncreased, euphonous, smooth-textured, streamlined, euphonious, repand, velvety, undulate, flowing, refined, unlined, velvet, unaggressive, skilled, aerodynamic, sleek, fast, easy, seamless, glassy, entire

  5. rocky, rough(adj)

    full of hardship or trials

    "the rocky road to success"; "they were having a rough time"

    bumpy, raspy, jolting, pugnacious, bouldered, jolty, crude, gravelly, rocky, bouldery, fierce, harsh, unsmooth, scratchy, stony, jumpy, boisterous, grating, approximate, approximative, uncut, rasping

    velvet-textured, sleek, even-textured, smooth, creaseless, entire, aerodynamic, smooth-textured, unaggressive, untoothed, fast, streamlined, polished, calm, seamless, repand, refined, unnotched, velvet, unseamed, exact, euphonious, euphonous, glassy, pleasant, kind, unlined, fine-textured, undulate, uncreased, easy, velvety, flowing, sinuate, skilled, nonaggressive

  6. boisterous, fierce, rough(adj)

    violently agitated and turbulent

    "boisterous winds and waves"; "the fierce thunders roar me their music"- Ezra Pound; "rough weather"; "rough seas"

    pugnacious, approximative, fierce, trigger-happy, unsmooth, robustious, violent, boisterous, bowelless, scratchy, ferocious, knockabout, uncut, jumpy, rocky, harsh, gravelly, approximate, cutthroat, vehement, rambunctious, rumbustious, jolting, unruly, jolty, rasping, bumpy, tearing, raspy, savage, furious, crude, grating

    euphonous, even-textured, nonaggressive, uncreased, easy, polished, fast, unaggressive, smooth, velvet, refined, fine-textured, smooth-textured, entire, velvety, untoothed, undulate, unnotched, exact, euphonious, kind, seamless, sleek, skilled, pleasant, repand, sinuate, streamlined, creaseless, calm, velvet-textured, flowing, unseamed, unlined, aerodynamic, glassy

  7. grating, gravelly, rasping, raspy, rough, scratchy(adj)

    unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound

    "a gravelly voice"

    pugnacious, irritable, approximative, unsmooth, cranky, boisterous, scratchy, pettish, fierce, abrasive, peevish, uncut, jumpy, rocky, uneven, harsh, shingly, gravelly, approximate, crude, jolting, spotty, jolty, petulant, rasping, bumpy, nettlesome, testy, tetchy, raspy, fractious, techy, pebbly, peckish, grating

    kind, fine-textured, easy, untoothed, fast, entire, refined, unlined, glassy, smooth, undulate, sinuate, velvet-textured, velvety, skilled, unseamed, uncreased, nonaggressive, smooth-textured, calm, euphonious, exact, velvet, sleek, seamless, flowing, pleasant, even-textured, streamlined, repand, unaggressive, creaseless, polished, euphonous, unnotched, aerodynamic

  8. pugnacious, rough(adj)

    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"

    bumpy, approximative, hard-bitten, pugnacious, jolting, rasping, crude, gravelly, rocky, jolty, fierce, harsh, scratchy, jumpy, boisterous, grating, approximate, raspy, unsmooth, uncut, hard-boiled

    flowing, unlined, refined, sleek, euphonious, fast, unaggressive, calm, fine-textured, untoothed, skilled, glassy, easy, velvet-textured, velvet, velvety, smooth, repand, seamless, aerodynamic, euphonous, undulate, entire, polished, exact, pleasant, streamlined, sinuate, unnotched, nonaggressive, creaseless, even-textured, unseamed, uncreased, kind, smooth-textured

  9. rough(adj)

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

    bumpy, approximative, pugnacious, jolting, approximate, gravelly, rocky, fierce, harsh, scratchy, crude, jumpy, boisterous, grating, jolty, raspy, unsmooth, uncut, rasping

    even-textured, smooth, refined, unlined, streamlined, glassy, calm, fine-textured, velvety, euphonious, velvet, velvet-textured, sinuate, repand, fast, seamless, exact, creaseless, skilled, unaggressive, flowing, polished, pleasant, untoothed, aerodynamic, sleek, nonaggressive, unseamed, euphonous, uncreased, unnotched, undulate, entire, kind, smooth-textured, easy

  10. rough, rocky, bumpy, jolty, jolting, jumpy(adj)

    causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements

    "a rough ride"

    bumpy, approximative, highly strung, pugnacious, jolting, bouldered, approximate, gravelly, rocky, bouldery, edgy, uptight, fierce, harsh, overstrung, high-strung, restive, nervy, scratchy, stony, crude, jumpy, boisterous, grating, jolty, raspy, unsmooth, jittery, uncut, rasping

    euphonous, fine-textured, euphonious, flowing, kind, smooth-textured, exact, smooth, calm, unseamed, pleasant, unlined, velvety, nonaggressive, refined, velvet, easy, entire, sinuate, even-textured, streamlined, polished, velvet-textured, unaggressive, aerodynamic, skilled, sleek, fast, seamless, uncreased, unnotched, creaseless, repand, glassy, undulate, untoothed

  11. uncut, rough(adj)

    not shaped by cutting or trimming

    "an uncut diamond"; "rough gemstones"

    bumpy, raspy, jolting, pugnacious, jolty, crude, full-length, rocky, fierce, unmown, untrimmed, unsmooth, scratchy, gravelly, jumpy, boisterous, grating, approximate, approximative, harsh, uncut, rasping

    pleasant, smooth, easy, exact, streamlined, glassy, unaggressive, untoothed, even-textured, smooth-textured, kind, entire, euphonious, undulate, seamless, unnotched, sleek, flowing, uncreased, repand, unseamed, fine-textured, polished, fast, sinuate, velvety, refined, unlined, skilled, velvet, velvet-textured, creaseless, euphonous, nonaggressive, aerodynamic, calm

  12. crude, rough(adj)

    not carefully or expertly made

    "managed to make a crude splint"; "a crude cabin of logs with bark still on them"; "rough carpentry"

    bumpy, raspy, primitive, pugnacious, unrefined, rude, crude(a), gravelly, rocky, vulgar, jolting, jolty, gross, boisterous, fierce, raw, harsh, stark(a), unsmooth, scratchy, earthy, crude, unprocessed, blunt, grating, approximate, jumpy, approximative, uncut, rasping

    unseamed, entire, untoothed, calm, polished, velvety, exact, smooth, euphonous, uncreased, fine-textured, glassy, velvet-textured, streamlined, euphonious, nonaggressive, smooth-textured, unnotched, pleasant, unaggressive, creaseless, flowing, seamless, fast, skilled, refined, aerodynamic, sleek, repand, even-textured, kind, easy, velvet, unlined, sinuate, undulate

  13. rough(adj)

    not perfected

    "a rough draft"; "a few rough sketches"

    bumpy, approximative, pugnacious, jolting, approximate, gravelly, rocky, fierce, harsh, scratchy, crude, jumpy, boisterous, grating, jolty, raspy, unsmooth, uncut, rasping

    exact, velvet, fast, seamless, flowing, smooth, smooth-textured, polished, skilled, streamlined, euphonious, aerodynamic, fine-textured, pleasant, creaseless, unlined, sleek, undulate, repand, refined, even-textured, velvety, entire, kind, unaggressive, calm, unseamed, easy, sinuate, euphonous, uncreased, nonaggressive, velvet-textured, glassy, unnotched, untoothed

  14. harsh, rough(adj)

    unpleasantly stern

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

    bumpy, approximative, raspy, jolting, pugnacious, jolty, crude, gravelly, rocky, coarse, fierce, harsh, abrasive, scratchy, jumpy, boisterous, grating, approximate, unsmooth, uncut, rasping

    streamlined, smooth, unseamed, velvet, untoothed, unaggressive, smooth-textured, euphonious, seamless, nonaggressive, pleasant, kind, refined, fast, polished, undulate, even-textured, glassy, euphonous, sleek, skilled, flowing, uncreased, aerodynamic, fine-textured, velvety, entire, calm, velvet-textured, sinuate, repand, creaseless, unlined, exact, easy, unnotched

  15. harsh, rough(verb)

    unkind or cruel or uncivil

    "had harsh words"; "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"; "a rough answer"

    bumpy, approximative, raspy, jolting, pugnacious, jolty, crude, gravelly, rocky, coarse, fierce, harsh, abrasive, scratchy, jumpy, boisterous, grating, approximate, unsmooth, uncut, rasping

    undulate, aerodynamic, polished, streamlined, entire, untoothed, calm, sinuate, seamless, euphonous, velvet-textured, easy, even-textured, unnotched, unaggressive, creaseless, smooth, nonaggressive, uncreased, unlined, flowing, refined, fine-textured, exact, euphonious, sleek, repand, pleasant, kind, velvety, skilled, smooth-textured, velvet, fast, glassy, unseamed

  16. rough in, rough, rough out(adverb)

    prepare in preliminary or sketchy form

    rough out, rough in

    sinuate, polished, smooth-textured, unlined, kind, skilled, aerodynamic, velvet-textured, smooth, seamless, exact, creaseless, undulate, velvety, glassy, sleek, uncreased, euphonious, unaggressive, unnotched, velvet, calm, streamlined, fine-textured, euphonous, pleasant, flowing, repand, nonaggressive, entire, even-textured, fast, untoothed, unseamed, refined, easy

  17. roughly, rough(adverb)

    with roughness or violence (`rough' is an informal variant for `roughly')

    "he was pushed roughly aside"; "they treated him rough"

    around, some, close to, more or less, about, or so, just about, approximately, roughly

    fine-textured, unaggressive, streamlined, undulate, repand, euphonous, untoothed, aerodynamic, unseamed, smooth, uncreased, polished, smooth-textured, sinuate, velvet, pleasant, entire, exact, skilled, velvety, euphonious, kind, fast, even-textured, easy, unlined, velvet-textured, unnotched, refined, nonaggressive, flowing, calm, glassy, creaseless, seamless, sleek

  18. roughly, rough(adverb)

    with rough motion as over a rough surface

    "ride rough"

    around, some, close to, more or less, about, or so, just about, approximately, roughly

    velvet-textured, nonaggressive, velvet, exact, undulate, flowing, untoothed, velvety, sinuate, creaseless, seamless, skilled, smooth, repand, smooth-textured, unnotched, sleek, aerodynamic, unaggressive, euphonous, pleasant, uncreased, refined, streamlined, easy, fine-textured, calm, euphonious, kind, polished, glassy, entire, even-textured, fast, unlined, unseamed


  1. rough(noun)


  2. rough(noun)

    Having a texture that has much friction. Not smooth; uneven.

    Rough in the shape first, then polish the details.


  3. rough(noun)


    A rough estimate.


  4. rough(noun)


    The sea was rough.


  5. rough(noun)

    Difficult; trying.

    Being a teenager these days can be rough.


  6. rough(adjective)

    Crude; unrefined

    His manners are a bit rough, but he means well.


  7. rough(adjective)

    This box has been through some rough handling.


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. rough

    Awkward, from awk (kindred with off, from the Norwegian), is off-ward, turned the wrong way; it was anciently used of a back-handed or left-handed blow in battle, of squinting eyes, etc. Clumsy, on the other hand (from clumse, also through the Norwegian), signifies benumbed, stiffened with cold; this is the original meaning of clumsy fingers, clumsy limbs. Thus, awkward primarily refers to action, clumsy to condition. A tool, a vehicle, or the human frame may be clumsy in shape or build, awkward in motion. The clumsy man is almost of necessity awkward, but the awkward man may not be naturally clumsy. The finest untrained colt is awkward in harness; a horse that is clumsy in build can never be trained out of awkwardness. An awkward statement has an uncomfortable, and perhaps recoiling force; a statement that contains ill-assorted and incongruous material in ill-chosen language is clumsy. We speak of an awkward predicament, an awkward scrape. An awkward excuse commonly reflects on the one who offers it. We say the admitted facts have an awkward appearance. In none of these cases could clumsy be used. Clumsy is, however, applied to movements that seem as unsuitable as those of benumbed and stiffened limbs. A dancing bear is both clumsy and awkward.

    awkward, boorish, bungling, clownish, clumsy, gawky, maladroit, uncouth, ungainly, unhandy, unskilful

    adroit, clever, dexterous, handy, skilful

    The raw recruit is awkward in action; at the business.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. rough(a.)

    uneven, rugged, craggy, cragged, jagged, scraggy, not smooth

  2. rough(a.)

    unhewn, unwrought, unfashioned, formless, shapeless

  3. rough(a.)

    unpolished (as a gem), uncut

  4. rough(a.)

    shaggy, hirsute, bristly, ragged, disordered

  5. rough(a.)

    coarse, indelicate, rude, uncivil, impolite, ungracious, homespun, bluff, blunt, bearish, churlish, BRUSQUE, gruff

  6. rough(a.)

    harsh, sharp, severe, violent

  7. rough(a.)

    tart, sour, crabbed, hard

  8. rough(a.)

    inharmonious, discordant, jarring

  9. rough(a.)

    tempestuous, boisterous, stormy

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "rough":

    gross, raw, crude, approximate, rugged, roughened, hard, coarse, brutal, unworked, tough, harsh, rude, rudimentary

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How to use rough in a sentence?

  1. Donna Orender:

    I think that what we wanted was to give the girls the chance to get a step up on us, that they would be able to have insights and learnings and connections that we didn't have at their age that would enable them to navigate a world that is pretty rough and tumble and tricky but full of positives and possibles, we don't want them to have to say' I wish I would have known,'.

  2. Lao Tzu:

    Friend, never fear dying. Dying is the last, but the least matter that a person has to be anxious about. Fear living, that is a hard battle to fight, a stern discipline to endure, a rough voyage to undergo ! Charles Spurgeon

  3. Alex Trebek:

    I was on the floor writhing in pain. It went from a 3 to an 11, and it happened three or four times that day while we were taping. So, that was a little rough on me.

  4. Shinichiro Kadota:

    It's difficult to quantify how much the currency market has factored in the possibility of Greece missing the June 5 repayment deadline, greek debt yields provide only a rough guide, and although a missed deadline will not spell default, market concern remains high.

  5. Stephanie Faubion:

    Women who are having a rough time during menopause with lots of hot flashes need to say,' You know what -- could this be a little more than just a nuisance ?' we used to think of hot flashes as transient and benign, but we're finding out now that they're neither.

Translations for rough

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  • خشنArabic
  • tosc, difícil, aproximat, rude, quasi, aspreCatalan, Valencian
  • neomalený, surový, bouřlivý, hrubý, nepříjemný, raf (vyšší tráva kolem fairwaye)Czech
  • rau, grob, RoughGerman
  • rudo, difícil, tosco, turbulento, casi, aproximado, aproximativo, ásperoSpanish
  • kare, ligilähedaneEstonian
  • زبر, زمخت, خشنPersian
  • kova, karkea, luonnostella, murjoa, aallokkoinen, rosoinen, väkivaltainen, hahmotella, kuoppainen, pahoinpidellä, väkivaltaisuus, karhea, karheikko, raffiFinnish
  • approximatif, rugueux, ébaucher, brutaliser, difficile, brut, rude, malmener, brutalFrench
  • rûchWestern Frisian
  • garbh, eascaoinIrish
  • असभ्यHindi
  • műveletlen, kemény, durva, nehéz, faragatlan, zord, hozzávetőleges, érdes, nyers, egyenetlenHungarian
  • asperaIdo
  • difficile, approssimato, rugoso, rude, mosso, scabro, ruvidoItalian
  • 粗野, でこぼこJapanese
  • 거친Korean
  • دڕKurdish
  • asper, rudisLatin
  • šiurkštusLithuanian
  • ass, raupjš, rupjš, negludsLatvian
  • kōkau, tuarangarangaMāori
  • ကြမ်းBurmese
  • ruig, ruwDutch
  • ásperoPortuguese
  • dur, aspruRomanian
  • тяжёлый, грубый, трудный, жёсткий, шероховатый, суровый, черновой, приблизительный, бурный, примерныйRussian
  • ojämnSwedish
  • గరుకు, సుమారు, కష్టమైన, ఉరామరికTelugu
  • کسی نہ کسی طرحUrdu

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