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
The president came under fire again this week for Twitter comments made about MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski that were widely condemned as sexist and vulgar.
The comment was decried as sexist and vulgar by many Democrats and Republicans.
The new routines are both slyly satirical and cheerfully vulgar, and make for a pretty darned funny evening of vaudeville-style entertainment.
The decade-old 'Access Hollywood' tape with Trump using vulgar language had been exploited to the fullest by the elite media, and virtually everyone in the Trump campaign was jittery and frightened.
Gomany said during his opening statement Mayhand was aggressive, violent, vulgar, and threatening towards Evans.
But there was no punishment from CBS for Colbert, whose attack on Trump was particularly vulgar and aggressive for network TV.
Both camps are decrying vulgar anti-Handel campaign fliers found in Roswell.
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.
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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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