brut·ish | \ ˈbrü-tish \

Definition of brutish 

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

2a : strongly and grossly sensual brutish gluttony

b : showing little intelligence or sensibility a brutish lack of understanding

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from brutish

brutishly adverb
brutishness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of brutish in a Sentence

She is married to a brutish, drunken slob. as the months of recurrent combat dragged on, the daily existence of the soldiers became increasingly brutish

Recent Examples on the Web

Hugin, who was head of drugmaker Celgene, will face incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez in what is expected to a particularly brutish general-election campaign. Thomas Fitzgerald,, "Pharma exec Bob Hugin wins Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in New Jersey," 5 June 2018 The trail passes ledges and overhangs, ending at a pool lapping at brutish cliffs. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 The world must hope that the bold prince triumphs over the brutish one (see Special report). The Economist, "How to ensure Muhammad bin Salman’s reforms succeed," 23 June 2018 Lewis is ice cold, pale, and pathetic, as Soames clings to his Victorian delusions, stuffing his emotions down, his eyes a brutish blue. Matthew Gilbert,, "Ten actors who shone even before they were stars," 28 June 2018 The scion of a respected family of Shiite scholars, he was once derided as unlearned and brutish by fellow Shiite public figures. Washington Post, "Surprise showing by maverick cleric could shake up Iraq’s relations with the U.S.," 15 May 2018 The scion of a respected family of Shiite scholars, he was once derided as unlearned and brutish by fellow Shiite public figures. Tamer El-ghobashy And Mustafa Salim,, "Maverick cleric's election upset could rattle U.S.-Iraq relations," 14 May 2018 The men in the book tend to be brutish and transactional toward women; the women manipulative and transactional but more sentimental. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "In The Mars Room, Rachel Kushner Is Standing Up for the Guilty," 27 Apr. 2018 One of the Wakandan tribes, the Jabari, is initially portrayed as more brutish and savage than the neighboring tribes. Pallavi Kottamasu,, "Were cannibals really so bad?," 2 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'brutish.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of brutish

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about brutish

Dictionary Entries near brutish






brutum fulmen


Statistics for brutish

Last Updated

6 Aug 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for brutish

The first known use of brutish was in 1534

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for brutish



English Language Learners Definition of brutish

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


brut·ish | \ ˈbrü-tish \

Kids Definition of brutish

: being unfeeling and stupid

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on brutish

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


an open space surrounded by woods

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

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


Love words? Need even more definitions?

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