Definition of vulgar
1a : generally used, applied, or acceptedb : understood in or having the ordinary sense <they reject the vulgar conception of miracle — W. R. Inge>
2 : vernacular <the vulgar name of a plant>
5a : offensive in language : earthyb : lewdly or profanely indecent
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.
Origin and Etymology of vulgar
Middle English, from Latin vulgaris of the mob, vulgar, from volgus, vulgus mob, common people
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of vulgar
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>.
VULGAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vulgar for English Language Learners
: not having or showing good manners, good taste, or politeness
: relating to the common people or the speech of common people
VULGAR Defined for Kids
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