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roughneck

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noun rough·neck \ ˈrəf-ˌnek \

Definition of roughneck

1 a :a rough or uncouth person
b :rowdy, tough
2 :a worker of an oil-well-drilling crew other than the driller

Examples of roughneck in a Sentence

  1. a town overrun by roughnecks

  2. a group of roughnecks like to hang out at the roadhouse and harass people

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First Known Use of roughneck

1834


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roughneck

adjective

Definition of roughneck

:having the characteristics of or suitable for a roughneck

Examples of roughneck in a Sentence

  1. their roughneck antics were amusing only if you were as drunk as they were

First Known Use of roughneck

1906


ROUGHNECK Defined for English Language Learners

roughneck

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Definition of roughneck for English Language Learners

  • : someone who behaves in a rough, rude, or aggressive way

  • : someone who works on an oil rig or at an oil well


ROUGHNECK Defined for Kids

roughneck

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noun rough·neck \ ˈrəf-ˌnek \

Definition of roughneck for Students

:a rough aggressive person


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