rough-hewn

adjective
\ ˈrəf-ˈhyün How to pronounce rough-hewn (audio) \

Definition of rough-hewn

1 : being in a rough, unsmoothed, or unfinished state : crudely formed rough-hewn beams
2 : lacking refinement he was rather attractive, in a rough-hewn kind of way— Jan Speas

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1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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rough-hewn

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rough-hewn

: having a rough and uneven surface
: not polite or educated

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