Synonyms and Antonyms of rough

  1. 1 covered with or as if with hair a face rough with a couple days' worth of beard Synonyms of rough bristly, brushy, cottony, fleecy, furred, furry, hirsute, hairy, shaggy, silky, unshorn, woolly (also wooly)Words Related to rough bearded, bewhiskered, mustachioed (also moustachioed), whiskered; stubbled, stubbly; downy, fluffy, fuzzy, linty, nappyNear Antonyms of rough beardless, shaved, shavenAntonyms of rough bald, furless, glabrous, hairless, shorn, smooth

  2. 2 marked by bursts of destructive force or intense activity rough waters that made sailing our sloop a little risky Synonyms of rough bang-bang, blood-and-guts, convulsive, cyclonic, explosive, ferocious, fierce, furious, hammer-and-tongs, hot, knock-down, drag-out (or knock-down-and-drag-out), paroxysmal, rabid, violent, stormy, tempestuous, tumultuous, turbulent, volcanicWords Related to rough barbarous, brutal, savage, vicious; antagonistic, hostile; aggressive, assertive, bellicose, belligerent, combative, contentious, gladiatorial, pugnacious, quarrelsome, truculent; combustible, volatile; agitated, frantic, frenzied, mad; cataclysmal (or cataclysmic), destructive, ruinousNear Antonyms of rough calm, halcyon, pacific, serene, tranquil; nonbelligerent, unaggressiveAntonyms of rough nonviolent, peaceable, peaceful

  3. 3 marked by wet and windy conditions at least wear a raincoat if you're going out into that rough weather Synonyms of rough bleak, dirty, inclement, nasty, raw, foul, squally, stormy, tempestuous, turbulentWords Related to rough blowy, blustering, blustery, breezy, gusty, windblown, windswept; cloudy, overcast, sunless; rainy, snowy; foggy, hazy, misty, murky, soupyNear Antonyms of rough rainless; balmy, calm, halcyon, peaceful, placid, pleasant, sereneAntonyms of rough bright, clear, clement, cloudless, fair, sunny, sunshiny, unclouded

  4. 4 not having a level or smooth surface a rough board can give you splinters Synonyms of rough broken, bumpy, coarse, irregular, jagged, lumpy, pebbly, ragged, uneven, roughened, rugged, scraggyWords Related to rough lopsided, unbalanced; inexact, unaligned; rutted, rutty, undulating, undulatory, wavy; pitted, pocked; knobbly, knobby, knurled, knurly, nubbly, nubby; burred, harsh, sandpapery, scraggly, scratchy; nonuniformNear Antonyms of rough exact, uniform; aligned (also alined), regular, true; horizontal, tabular; plumb, straight, vertical; flushAntonyms of rough even, flat, level, plane, smooth

  5. 5 requiring considerable physical or mental effort a forensics expert who willingly takes on rough assignments Synonyms of rough arduous, Augean, backbreaking, challenging, demanding, difficult, effortful, exacting, formidable, grueling (or gruelling), heavy, hellacious, herculean, killer, laborious, moiling, murderous, pick-and-shovel, rigorous, hard, rugged, severe, stiff, strenuous, sweaty, tall, testing, toilsome, tough, uphillWords Related to rough abstract, abstruse, complex, complicated, elusive, hairy, insoluble, intricate, involved, knotty, opaque, problematic (also problematical), recondite, serious, spiny, stubborn, thorny, ticklish, tricky; bruising, burdensome, exhausting, labored, onerous, oppressive, stressful, taxing, tight, trying; annoying, bothersome, distressing, irksome, troublesome, vexatious; grievous, grim, strict, stringent; brutal, cruel, inhuman, painfulNear Antonyms of rough achievable, clear, doable, elementary, manageable, uncomplicated; comforting, gentle, painless, relaxed, smooth, soothing; accessible, friendly, idiotproof, user-friendlyAntonyms of rough cheap, easy, effortless, facile, light, mindless, simple, soft, undemanding

  6. 6 difficult to endure I've had a rough time of it since I lost my job Synonyms of rough bitter, brutal, burdensome, cruel, excruciating, grievous, grim, hard, hardhanded, heavy, inhuman, murderous, onerous, oppressive, harsh, rugged, searing, severe, stiff, tough, tryingWords Related to rough austere, bleak, comfortless, discomforting, forbidding, inhospitable, spartan, uncomfortable; biting, inclement, intemperate, wild; rigorous, strict, stringent; agonizing, heartbreaking, heartrending, painful, wretched; crushing, grinding, overwhelming, wearing; insufferable, insupportable, intolerable, unbearable, unendurable; harrowing, tortuous; bad, disagreeable, hostile, unfriendly, unpleasantNear Antonyms of rough comfortable, cozy, luxurious, snug; agreeable, friendly, genial, hospitable, pleasant; peaceful, relaxing, reposeful, restful; bearable, endurable, painless, tolerable; balmy, calm, clement, gentle, mild, moderate, temperateAntonyms of rough easy, light, soft

  7. 7 harsh and threatening in manner or appearance the rough faces of hardened criminals who had spent most of their lives behind bars Synonyms of rough austere, dour, fierce, flinty, forbidding, gruff, intimidating, lowering (also louring), grim, rugged, severe, stark, steely, stern, ungentleWords Related to rough bleak, cold, hostile, inhospitable, inimical, unfriendly, unsympathetic; adamant, bound, determined, firm, intent, purposeful, resolute, resolved, steadfast, unflinching; fixed, hard, hardened, hardheaded, immovable, implacable, inflexible, ironhanded, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, rigid, self-willed, set, stiff, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding, willful (or wilful); immutable, unchangeable; black, cheerless, dark, gloomy, glum, joyless, melancholic, moody, morose, sulky, sullen, surly; brooding, grave, humorless, melancholy, serious, sober, sobersided, solemn, somber (or sombre), staid, unsmiling, weightyNear Antonyms of rough bland, meek, mellow, soft, soothing; easy, quiet, tranquil; agreeable, bright, cheerful, inviting, pleasant, pleasing, sweet; glad, happy, lighthearted, merry, mirthful, sunny; featherbrained, flighty, frivolous, giddy, goofy, harebrained, light-headed, playful, scatterbrained, sillyAntonyms of rough benign, benignant, gentle, mild, nonintimidating, tender

  8. 8 hastily or roughly constructed made a rough camp as darkness fell over the forest Synonyms of rough artless, clumsy, crude, jerry-built, jerry-rigged, jury-rigged, rude, rough-and-ready, rough-and-tumble, rough-hewn, unrefinedWords Related to rough defective, faulty, flawed, imperfect; imprecise, inexact; inartistic, undressed, unfinished, unpolished, unworked; amateur, amateurish, inexpert, unprofessional, unskilled, unskillful; primitive, rudimentary; unshaped, unshapenNear Antonyms of rough faultless, finished, flawless, meticulous, perfect, perfected, polished, well-done; adept, adroit, dexterous (also dextrous), expert, masterful, masterly, neat, practiced (also practised), skillful, workmanlike; artful, artistic, sophisticated; exact, preciseAntonyms of rough refined

  9. 9 lacking in refinement or good taste he learned polite words to replace the rough language he had known in the slums Synonyms of rough common, crass, crude, gross, ill-bred, illiberal [archaic], incult, insensible, low, lowbred, lowbrow, raffish, coarse, rough-hewn, roughneck, rude, rugged, tasteless, uncouth, uncultivated, uncultured, unpolished, unrefined, vulgarWords Related to rough boorish, churlish, cloddish, clownish, loutish, ungentlemanly; clumsy, lubberly, lumpish, oafish; inconsiderate, indelicate, insensitive, thoughtless; countrified (also countryfied), provincial, rustic (also rustical), unsophisticated; graceless, inelegant, tacky; animallike, barbaric, barbarous, uncivilized; mannerless, unmannered, unmannerlyNear Antonyms of rough aristocratic, courtly, patrician; elegant, graceful, restrained; considerate, gracious, sensitive, thoughtful; citified, sophisticated, urbaneAntonyms of rough civilized, cultivated, cultured, genteel, polished, refined, smooth, tasteful, ultrarefined, well-bred

  10. 10 made of or resembling hair a rough-coated dog who was always shedding his fur Synonyms of rough furry, fuzzy, hairy, shaggy, woolly (also wooly)Words Related to rough downy, fluffy, nappy, puffy; hairlike

  11. 11 marked by a series of sharp quick motions a rough flight that left some passengers nauseated Synonyms of rough bumpy, choppy, herky-jerky, jouncy, jerkyWords Related to rough erratic, fitful, irregular, spasmodic, spastic, unsteady; jagged, ragged, unevenNear Antonyms of rough calm, placid, smooth, steady, still

  12. 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 Synonyms of rough natural, uncultivated, untamed, virginWords Related to rough native; uninhabited, unpeopled, unsettled; overgrown, spontaneous, untended; waste; undeveloped; desolate, forlorn, howlingNear Antonyms of rough inhabited; developed; seminaturalAntonyms of rough cultivated, tamed

Synonym Discussion of rough

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

synonyms see in addition rude

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