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rough

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1 covered with or as if with hair
  • a face rough with a couple days' worth of beard

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3 marked by wet and windy conditions
  • at least wear a raincoat if you're going out into that rough weather

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4 not having a level or smooth surface
  • a rough board can give you splinters

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10 made of or resembling hair
  • a rough-coated dog who was always shedding his fur

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11 marked by a series of sharp quick motions
  • a rough flight that left some passengers nauseated

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12 marked by turmoil or disturbance especially of natural elements
  • after a rough week on the high seas, we were happy to sail through the gulf's more tranquil waters

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rough, harsh, uneven, rugged, scabrous mean not smooth or even. rough implies points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface. a rough wooden board harsh implies a surface or texture distinctly unpleasant to the touch. a harsh fabric that chafes the skin uneven implies a lack of uniformity in height, breadth, or quality. an old house with uneven floors rugged implies irregularity or roughness of land surface and connotes difficulty of travel. a rugged landscape scabrous implies scaliness or prickliness of surface. a scabrous leaf

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The first known use of rough was before the 12th century

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“Rough.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/rough. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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