Simple Definition of vulgar
: not having or showing good manners, good taste, or politeness
: relating to the common people or the speech of common people
Full Definition of vulgar
1 a : generally used, applied, or accepted b : understood in or having the ordinary sense <they reject the vulgar conception of miracle — W. R. Inge>
2 : vernacular <the vulgar name of a plant>
5 a : offensive in language : earthy b : lewdly or profanely indecent
Examples of vulgar
He was a vulgar man.
She had a coarse, vulgar laugh.
I will not tolerate such vulgar language in my home.
Origin of vulgar
Middle English, from Latin vulgaris of the mob, vulgar, from volgus, vulgus mob, common people
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of vulgar
coarse, vulgar, gross, obscene, ribald mean offensive to good taste or morals. coarse implies roughness, rudeness, or crudeness of spirit, behavior, or language <found the coarse humor of coworkers offensive>. vulgar often implies boorishness or ill-breeding <a loud vulgar belch>. gross implies extreme coarseness and insensitiveness <gross eating habits>. obscene applies to anything strongly repulsive to the sense of decency and propriety especially in sexual matters <obscene language not allowed on the air>. ribald applies to what is amusingly or picturesquely vulgar or irreverent or mildly indecent <entertained the campers with ribald folk songs>.
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