rough1 [ rʌf ] adjective ***
▸ 1 not smooth
▸ 2 difficult
▸ 3 not gentle
▸ 4 not finished/exact
▸ 5 with crime/violence
▸ 6 voice: not soft
▸ 7 not feeling well
1. ) with a surface that is not smooth:
The walls were built of dark rough stone.
Burlap provides warm color and a rough homespun texture.
─ opposite SMOOTH
a ) used about land and roads that are difficult to travel on:
They covered the 30 miles of rough terrain in record time.
b ) used about the surface of a lake, river, or ocean that has a lot of waves, often because the weather is bad:
Rough waves prevented rescuers from approaching the ship.
─ opposite SMOOTH
2. ) INFORMAL difficult and with a lot of problems:
Oh boy, I had a rough day at the office.
a rough night (=a night when you cannot sleep): I feel terrible, I had a rough night last night.
a rough time: You've been through rough times, you know what it's like.
a rough ride (=a difficult period of time): It's been a rough ride for us, both financially and emotionally.
3. ) not gentle:
Don't be so rough with her, James, she's only a baby.
─ opposite GENTLE
4. ) a rough drawing or piece of writing is not completely finished:
This is a rough drawing of the table I want to build.
rough draft: Here is a rough draft for you to read.
a ) used about an object that is not made very well, or not completely finished:
The customers sat at rough wooden tables.
b ) a rough idea or guess is not detailed or exact:
I don't know the precise cost, but I can give you a rough idea.
5. ) a rough place is not pleasant because there is a lot of crime or violence there:
Madeline grew up in a rough neighborhood.
That's a pretty rough bar.
6. ) a rough voice is not soft and is unpleasant to listen to
7. ) BRITISH INFORMAL if someone feels rough, they do not feel well
be rough on someone
to treat someone in a way that is unfair:
Aren't you are being a little rough on him? He is only a child.
rough edges
minor faults:
Despite the rough edges, we believe he's a player of great potential.
rough justice
treatment or punishment that is not fair
╾ rough|ness noun uncount
rough 2 [ rʌf ] verb
rough it INFORMAL
to live without things that you usually live with, for example water or electricity:
Let's rough it and go camping.
,rough `out phrasal verb transitive
to produce a drawing or piece of writing without including all the details:
I've roughed out a few sketches for you.
,rough `up phrasal verb transitive INFORMAL
to physically attack someone:
They roughed us up and took away our equipment.
rough 3 [ rʌf ] noun
1. ) singular the part of a GOLF COURSE where the grass is tall and not cut
2. ) count a piece of writing or a drawing that is not finished
3. ) count INFORMAL OLD-FASHIONED someone who is violent and commits crimes
in rough
if you do a piece of written work in rough, you do it in a form that you will finish or improve at a later time
take the rough with the smooth
to accept the bad things that happen as well as the good things
rough 4 [ rʌf ] adverb BRITISH
if you sleep or live rough, you sleep or live outside
play rough
to play in a violent way

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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