rough·​ly ˈrə-flē How to pronounce roughly (audio)
: in a rough manner: such as
: with harshness or violence
treated the prisoner roughly
: in crude fashion : imperfectly
roughly dressed lumber
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of roughly was in the 14th century

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“Roughly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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