brutish

play
adjective brut·ish \ˈbrü-tish\

Definition of brutish

  1. 1 :  resembling, befitting, or typical of a brute or beast lived a short and brutish life as a slave

  2. 2a :  strongly and grossly sensual brutish gluttonyb :  showing little intelligence or sensibility a brutish lack of understanding

brutishly

adverb

brutishness

noun

Examples of brutish in a Sentence

  1. She is married to a brutish, drunken slob.

  2. as the months of recurrent combat dragged on, the daily existence of the soldiers became increasingly brutish

1534

First Known Use of brutish

1534

Synonym Discussion of brutish

brutal, brutish, bestial, feral mean characteristic of an animal in nature, action, or instinct. brutal applies to people, their acts, or their words and suggests a lack of intelligence, feeling, or humanity. a senseless and brutal war brutish stresses likeness to an animal in low intelligence, in base appetites, and in behavior based on instinct. brutish stupidity bestial suggests a state of degradation unworthy of humans and fit only for beasts. bestial depravity feral suggests the savagery or ferocity of wild animals. the struggle to survive unleashed their feral impulses

BRUTISH Defined for English Language Learners

brutish

play
adjective brut·ish \ˈbrü-tish\

Definition of brutish for English Language Learners

  • : cruel, violent, and stupid : resembling or suggesting a beast


BRUTISH Defined for Kids

brutish

play
adjective brut·ish \ˈbrü-tish\

Definition of brutish for Students

  1. :  being unfeeling and stupid



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up brutish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a small amount

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • winning-words-from-the-national-spelling-bee-logo
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!