rough-and-ready

adjective
\ ˌrə-fən-ˈre-dē How to pronounce rough-and-ready (audio) \

Definition of rough-and-ready

: crude in nature, method, or manner but effective in action or use a rough-and-ready solution

First Known Use of rough-and-ready

1730, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About rough-and-ready

Time Traveler for rough-and-ready

Time Traveler

The first known use of rough-and-ready was in 1730

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near rough-and-ready

rough amaranth

rough-and-ready

rough-and-tumble

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for rough-and-ready

Cite this Entry

“Rough-and-ready.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rough-and-ready. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

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!