Definition of vulgar
2a : offensive in language : earthyb : lewdly or profanely indecent
3a : generally used, applied, or acceptedb : 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
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.
Recent Examples of vulgar from the Web
After Jones’ arrest, the team made the unusual move of publicly apologizing for his behavior, especially his vulgar comments to police officers in a cruiser.
Our politics have become too base, too low, & too vulgar, but Kathy Griffin's post descends into an even more repugnant & vile territory.
Schlaerth is joining a crowded field of candidates seeking to replace a state senator, Frank Artiles, who resigned earlier this year after using a racial slur and vulgar language in a conversation with two African-American colleagues.
The lawsuit claims that officers Anthony Jackson and David Jones pitted inmates against each other, forcing them to exact abusive and vulgar punishments.
A study at the MIT Media Lab that compared it to Twitter found that posts on the anonymous platform were only slightly more likely to contain vulgar words.
Logic doesn’t matter to online trolls, who rated Batchelder’s physical appearance, threatened to rape or otherwise hurt her and called her vulgar names.
Mr. Pilati drew an imaginary line with the collection between his wealthy potential consumer and vulgar Instagram hoi polloi.
Bragging about massive profits and fat returns at this point would be vulgar, if not outright suicidal.
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Origin and Etymology of vulgar
Middle English, from Latin vulgaris of the mob, vulgar, from volgus, vulgus mob, common people
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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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