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rough

adjective

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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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How does the adjective rough contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of rough are harsh, rugged, scabrous, and uneven. While all these words mean "not smooth or even," rough implies points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface.

a rough wooden board

In what contexts can harsh take the place of rough?

While in some cases nearly identical to rough, harsh implies a surface or texture distinctly unpleasant to the touch.

a harsh fabric that chafes the skin

When is rugged a more appropriate choice than rough?

In some situations, the words rugged and rough are roughly equivalent. However, rugged implies irregularity or roughness of land surface and connotes difficulty of travel.

a rugged landscape

Where would scabrous be a reasonable alternative to rough?

Although the words scabrous and rough have much in common, scabrous implies scaliness or prickliness of surface.

a scabrous leaf

When might uneven be a better fit than rough?

The meanings of uneven and rough largely overlap; however, uneven implies a lack of uniformity in height, breadth, or quality.

an old house with uneven floors

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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 7 Mar. 2021.

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