vulgar

adjective
vul·​gar | \ ˈvəl-gər How to pronounce vulgar (audio) \

Definition of vulgar

1a : lacking in cultivation, perception, or taste : coarse
b : morally crude, undeveloped, or unregenerate : gross
c : ostentatious or excessive in expenditure or display : pretentious
2a : offensive in language : earthy
b : lewdly or profanely indecent
3a : generally used, applied, or accepted
b : understood in or having the ordinary sense they reject the vulgar conception of miracle— W. R. Inge
4 : vernacular the vulgar name of a plant
5a : of or relating to the common people : plebeian
b : generally current : public the vulgar opinion of that time
c : of the usual, typical, or ordinary kind

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vulgarly adverb

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common, ordinary, plain, familiar, popular, vulgar mean generally met with and not in any way special, strange, or unusual. common implies usual everyday quality or frequency of occurrence a common error lacked common honesty and may additionally suggest inferiority or coarseness. common manners ordinary stresses conformance in quality or kind with the regular order of things. an ordinary pleasant summer day a very ordinary sort of man plain is likely to suggest homely simplicity. plain hard-working people familiar stresses the fact of being generally known and easily recognized. a familiar melody popular applies to what is accepted by or prevalent among people in general sometimes in contrast to upper classes or special groups. a writer of popular romances vulgar, otherwise similar to popular, is likely to carry derogatory connotations (as of inferiority or coarseness). souvenirs designed to appeal to the vulgar taste

coarse, vulgar, gross, obscene, ribald mean offensive to good taste or morals. coarse implies roughness, rudeness, or crudeness of spirit, behavior, or language. found the coarse humor of coworkers offensive vulgar often implies boorishness or ill-breeding. a loud vulgar belch gross implies extreme coarseness and insensitiveness. gross eating habits obscene applies to anything strongly repulsive to the sense of decency and propriety especially in sexual matters. obscene language not allowed on the air ribald applies to what is amusingly or picturesquely vulgar or irreverent or mildly indecent. entertained the campers with ribald folk songs

Examples of vulgar in a Sentence

He was a vulgar man. She had a coarse, vulgar laugh. I will not tolerate such vulgar language in my home.
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Recent Examples on the Web Through the years, the thread has generated nearly 1,000 comments — many of which used vulgar racist, sexist, and dehumanizing language to mock the woman. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Tucker Carlson's top writer resigns after secretly posting racist and sexist remarks in online forum," 10 July 2020 So many of the bold, insane lyrics in Divine's music that were just so vulgar. Shana Naomi Krochmal, EW.com, "EW's Untold Stories: Pride Edition podcast celebrates drag and ballroom heroes," 22 June 2020 The modern Dutch, bless them, are at least as lazy as everyone else, and their enjoyments are vulgar and plentiful. George Blaustein, The New Republic, "Searching for Consolation in Max Weber’s Work Ethic," 2 July 2020 As officers tried to gather information, two of the women were loudly exchanging profanities and vulgar insults. cleveland, "Fight breaks out at Fairview Tavern: Fairview Park Police Blotter," 25 June 2020 Many Indians also feel that Chinese content apps flout local values by showing inappropriate content such as vulgar dance moves. Saritha Rai, Bloomberg.com, "In India, the YouTube-TikTok Rivalry Turns Nasty," 14 June 2020 Story lines have become weak, predictable and vulgar turning many away. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "The great movie connection," 10 June 2020 Who was this young guy delivering a lyrical assault of vulgar words so casually? cleveland, "50 greatest rap verses since 2010," 8 June 2020 For the first time in the two seasons, Ramy's uncle, Naseem (Laith Nakli), is highlighted, and the penultimate episode reveals that behind the machismo and vulgar behavior is a man hiding a secret: Naseem is gay. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Ramy Youssef breaks down Ramy season 2, from Mahershala Ali to Mia Khalifa," 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of vulgar

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for vulgar

Middle English, from Latin vulgaris of the mob, vulgar, from volgus, vulgus mob, common people

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The first known use of vulgar was in the 14th century

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19 Jul 2020

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“Vulgar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vulgar. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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vulgar

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English Language Learners Definition of vulgar

disapproving : not having or showing good manners, good taste, or politeness
: relating to the common people or the speech of common people

vulgar

adjective
vul·​gar | \ ˈvəl-gər How to pronounce vulgar (audio) \

Kids Definition of vulgar

1 : having or showing poor taste or manners : coarse vulgar table manners
2 : offensive in language or subject matter a vulgar joke

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