roughneck

noun
rough·​neck | \ ˈrəf-ˌnek How to pronounce roughneck (audio) \

Definition of roughneck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

roughneck

adjective

Definition of roughneck (Entry 2 of 2)

: having the characteristics of or suitable for a roughneck

Examples of roughneck in a Sentence

Noun a town overrun by roughnecks a group of roughnecks like to hang out at the roadhouse and harass people Adjective their roughneck antics were amusing only if you were as drunk as they were
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After all, one of the things that typified a lot of Willis’ earlier career was his ability to play trash with conviction, like his turn as the roughneck who saves the world in Michael Bay’s Armageddon. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 30 Mar. 2022 His loathing of Rose and Peter seems to spring from something deeper and more vindictive than standard roughneck ignorance. Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2021 Matt Damon stars as the Oklahoman, a goateed, denim-wearing roughneck named Bill with a sad past. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, 30 July 2021 Matt Damon stars as the Oklahoman, a goateed, denim-wearing roughneck named Bill with a sad past. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, 30 July 2021 Matt Damon stars as the Oklahoman, a goateed, denim-wearing roughneck named Bill with a sad past. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, 30 July 2021 Matt Damon stars as the Oklahoman, a goateed, denim-wearing roughneck named Bill with a sad past. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, 30 July 2021 Matt Damon stars as the Oklahoman, a goateed, denim-wearing roughneck named Bill with a sad past. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, 30 July 2021 Matt Damon stars as the Oklahoman, a goateed, denim-wearing roughneck named Bill with a sad past. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, 30 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Overwatch’s latest short focused on McCree, the game’s popular, roughneck cowboy character. Julia Alexander, The Verge, 2 Nov. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of roughneck

Noun

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1906, in the meaning defined above

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“Roughneck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roughneck. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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roughneck

noun
rough·​neck | \ ˈrəf-ˌnek How to pronounce roughneck (audio) \

Kids Definition of roughneck

: a rough aggressive person

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