rough·​ly | \ ˈrə-flē How to pronounce roughly (audio) \

Definition of roughly

1 : in a rough manner: such as
a : with harshness or violence treated the prisoner roughly
b : in crude fashion : imperfectly roughly dressed lumber
2 : without completeness or exactness : approximately roughly 20 percent

Examples of roughly in a Sentence

Roughly translated, it means “hurry up!”. The new product is modeled roughly on an earlier design. He threw the package roughly in the truck. The guard told us roughly that we had to stand back.
Recent Examples on the Web The roughly 4-acre oceanfront estate in Sagaponack, N.Y., includes two distinct parcels, according to listing agent Christopher Covert of Compass. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 16 May 2022 The roughly 15-minute-long clips show Corden driving around while celebrities in his car’s passenger seat sing along to their own songs. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 Maxwell Boko and Mmuso Potsane, of high-end womenswear brand MMUSOMAXWELL, also had cause for celebration, taking home the Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation and $70,000 (roughly). Essence, 27 Apr. 2022 The site will also include a roughly 60,000-square-foot outdoor materials yard. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2022 The team relies on a dozen portable short-wave UV lights that produce 195 watts each to illuminate the roughly 100-foot-long mine. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Apr. 2022 The well row is a roughly 500-foot-long strip of about 50 wells. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Mar. 2022 Police described the peeper as a roughly 30- to 40-year-old Black man who is about 6 feet tall and weighs about 180 to 200 pounds. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Feb. 2022 Jeremy and Roxanne Rushing have purchased the building at 1606 N. Pine St. and plan to transform the roughly 1,200-square-foot space into a casual bar dubbed Manguera SA. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of roughly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2022

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“Roughly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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