adjective vul·gar \ˈvəl-gər\

: 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

a :  generally used, applied, or accepted
b :  understood in or having the ordinary sense <they reject the vulgar conception of miracle — W. R. Inge>
:  vernacular <the vulgar name of a plant>
a :  of or relating to the common people :  plebeian
b :  generally current :  public <the vulgar opinion of that time>
c :  of the usual, typical, or ordinary kind
a :  lacking in cultivation, perception, or taste :  coarse
b :  morally crude, undeveloped, or unregenerate :  gross
c :  ostentatious or excessive in expenditure or display :  pretentious
a :  offensive in language :  earthy
b :  lewdly or profanely indecent
vul·gar·ly adverb

Examples of VULGAR

  1. He was a vulgar man.
  2. She had a coarse, vulgar laugh.
  3. 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

common, ordinary, plain, familiar, popular, vulgar mean generally met with and not in any way special, strange, or unusual. common implies usual everyday quality or frequency of occurrence <a common error> <lacked common honesty> and may additionally suggest inferiority or coarseness <common manners>. ordinary stresses conformance in quality or kind with the regular order of things <an ordinary pleasant summer day> <a very ordinary sort of man>. plain is likely to suggest homely simplicity <plain hard-working people>. familiar stresses the fact of being generally known and easily recognized <a familiar melody>. popular applies to what is accepted by or prevalent among people in general sometimes in contrast to upper classes or special groups <a writer of popular romances>. vulgar, otherwise similar to popular, is likely to carry derogatory connotations (as of inferiority or coarseness) <souvenirs designed to appeal to the vulgar taste>.

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>.

Rhymes with VULGAR

VULGARLY Defined for Kids


adjective vul·gar \ˈvəl-gər\

Definition of VULGAR for Kids

:  having or showing poor taste or manners :  coarse <vulgar table manners>
:  offensive in language or subject matter <a vulgar joke>


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