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Synonyms for roughrʌf

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rough(adj)

    the part of a golf course bordering the fairway where the grass is not cut short

    undulate, untoothed, even-textured, easy, nonaggressive, creaseless, unseamed, seamless, repand, streamlined, velvet, uncreased, unlined, refined, pleasant, sinuate, fine-textured, smooth, skilled, exact, euphonious, sleek, fast, unnotched, smooth-textured, calm, euphonous, entire, unaggressive, polished, velvety, flowing, kind, velvet-textured, aerodynamic, glassy

  2. rough, unsmooth(adj)

    having or caused by an irregular surface

    bumpy, approximative, rough, pugnacious, jolting, approximate, gravelly, rocky, fierce, harsh, scratchy, crude, jumpy, boisterous, grating, jolty, raspy, unsmooth, uncut, rasping

    velvet-textured, velvet, euphonous, untoothed, undulate, kind, sinuate, creaseless, seamless, unaggressive, smooth, streamlined, unnotched, easy, euphonious, glassy, fine-textured, uncreased, velvety, calm, smooth-textured, sleek, refined, pleasant, skilled, unlined, even-textured, entire, repand, polished, unseamed, fast, nonaggressive, flowing, exact, aerodynamic

  3. rough(adj)

    (of persons or behavior) lacking refinement or finesse

    bumpy, approximative, pugnacious, jolting, approximate, gravelly, rocky, fierce, harsh, scratchy, crude, jumpy, boisterous, grating, jolty, raspy, unsmooth, uncut, rasping

    entire, untoothed, aerodynamic, streamlined, skilled, velvety, velvet-textured, nonaggressive, unlined, euphonous, unaggressive, fine-textured, polished, smooth, creaseless, uncreased, seamless, flowing, easy, unseamed, refined, sleek, fast, velvet, pleasant, sinuate, kind, smooth-textured, calm, euphonious, unnotched, exact, repand, even-textured, undulate, glassy

  4. approximate, approximative, rough(adj)

    not quite exact or correct

    bumpy, approximative, rough, pugnacious, jolting, jolty, crude, gravelly, rocky, close together(p), fierce, harsh, scratchy, jumpy, boisterous, grating, approximate, near, raspy, unsmooth, uncut, rasping

    exact, velvet-textured, pleasant, creaseless, even-textured, smooth, calm, sinuate, polished, unnotched, unseamed, untoothed, nonaggressive, fine-textured, kind, uncreased, euphonous, smooth-textured, streamlined, euphonious, repand, velvety, undulate, flowing, refined, unlined, velvet, unaggressive, skilled, aerodynamic, sleek, fast, easy, seamless, glassy, entire

  5. rocky, rough(adj)

    full of hardship or trials

    bumpy, rough, raspy, jolting, pugnacious, bouldered, jolty, crude, gravelly, rocky, bouldery, fierce, harsh, unsmooth, scratchy, stony, jumpy, boisterous, grating, approximate, approximative, uncut, rasping

    velvet-textured, sleek, even-textured, smooth, creaseless, entire, aerodynamic, smooth-textured, unaggressive, untoothed, fast, streamlined, polished, calm, seamless, repand, refined, unnotched, velvet, unseamed, exact, euphonious, euphonous, glassy, pleasant, kind, unlined, fine-textured, undulate, uncreased, easy, velvety, flowing, sinuate, skilled, nonaggressive

  6. boisterous, fierce, rough(adj)

    violently agitated and turbulent

    pugnacious, approximative, rough, fierce, trigger-happy, unsmooth, robustious, violent, boisterous, bowelless, scratchy, ferocious, knockabout, uncut, jumpy, rocky, harsh, gravelly, approximate, cutthroat, vehement, rambunctious, rumbustious, jolting, unruly, jolty, rasping, bumpy, tearing, raspy, savage, furious, crude, grating

    euphonous, even-textured, nonaggressive, uncreased, easy, polished, fast, unaggressive, smooth, velvet, refined, fine-textured, smooth-textured, entire, velvety, untoothed, undulate, unnotched, exact, euphonious, kind, seamless, sleek, skilled, pleasant, repand, sinuate, streamlined, creaseless, calm, velvet-textured, flowing, unseamed, unlined, aerodynamic, glassy

  7. grating, gravelly, rasping, raspy, rough, scratchy(adj)

    unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound

    pugnacious, irritable, approximative, rough, unsmooth, cranky, boisterous, scratchy, pettish, fierce, abrasive, peevish, uncut, jumpy, rocky, uneven, harsh, shingly, gravelly, approximate, crude, jolting, spotty, jolty, petulant, rasping, bumpy, nettlesome, testy, tetchy, raspy, fractious, techy, pebbly, peckish, grating

    kind, fine-textured, easy, untoothed, fast, entire, refined, unlined, glassy, smooth, undulate, sinuate, velvet-textured, velvety, skilled, unseamed, uncreased, nonaggressive, smooth-textured, calm, euphonious, exact, velvet, sleek, seamless, flowing, pleasant, even-textured, streamlined, repand, unaggressive, creaseless, polished, euphonous, unnotched, aerodynamic

  8. pugnacious, rough(adj)

    ready and able to resort to force or violence

    bumpy, approximative, rough, hard-bitten, pugnacious, jolting, rasping, crude, gravelly, rocky, jolty, fierce, harsh, scratchy, jumpy, boisterous, grating, approximate, raspy, unsmooth, uncut, hard-boiled

    flowing, unlined, refined, sleek, euphonious, fast, unaggressive, calm, fine-textured, untoothed, skilled, glassy, easy, velvet-textured, velvet, velvety, smooth, repand, seamless, aerodynamic, euphonous, undulate, entire, polished, exact, pleasant, streamlined, sinuate, unnotched, nonaggressive, creaseless, even-textured, unseamed, uncreased, kind, smooth-textured

  9. rough(adj)

    of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped

    bumpy, approximative, pugnacious, jolting, approximate, gravelly, rocky, fierce, harsh, scratchy, crude, jumpy, boisterous, grating, jolty, raspy, unsmooth, uncut, rasping

    even-textured, smooth, refined, unlined, streamlined, glassy, calm, fine-textured, velvety, euphonious, velvet, velvet-textured, sinuate, repand, fast, seamless, exact, creaseless, skilled, unaggressive, flowing, polished, pleasant, untoothed, aerodynamic, sleek, nonaggressive, unseamed, euphonous, uncreased, unnotched, undulate, entire, kind, smooth-textured, easy

  10. rough, rocky, bumpy, jolty, jolting, jumpy(adj)

    causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements

    bumpy, approximative, rough, highly strung, pugnacious, jolting, bouldered, approximate, gravelly, rocky, bouldery, edgy, uptight, fierce, harsh, overstrung, high-strung, restive, nervy, scratchy, stony, crude, jumpy, boisterous, grating, jolty, raspy, unsmooth, jittery, uncut, rasping

    euphonous, fine-textured, euphonious, flowing, kind, smooth-textured, exact, smooth, calm, unseamed, pleasant, unlined, velvety, nonaggressive, refined, velvet, easy, entire, sinuate, even-textured, streamlined, polished, velvet-textured, unaggressive, aerodynamic, skilled, sleek, fast, seamless, uncreased, unnotched, creaseless, repand, glassy, undulate, untoothed

  11. uncut, rough(adj)

    not shaped by cutting or trimming

    bumpy, rough, raspy, jolting, pugnacious, jolty, crude, full-length, rocky, fierce, unmown, untrimmed, unsmooth, scratchy, gravelly, jumpy, boisterous, grating, approximate, approximative, harsh, uncut, rasping

    pleasant, smooth, easy, exact, streamlined, glassy, unaggressive, untoothed, even-textured, smooth-textured, kind, entire, euphonious, undulate, seamless, unnotched, sleek, flowing, uncreased, repand, unseamed, fine-textured, polished, fast, sinuate, velvety, refined, unlined, skilled, velvet, velvet-textured, creaseless, euphonous, nonaggressive, aerodynamic, calm

  12. crude, rough(adj)

    not carefully or expertly made

    bumpy, rough, raspy, primitive, pugnacious, unrefined, rude, crude(a), gravelly, rocky, vulgar, jolting, jolty, gross, boisterous, fierce, raw, harsh, stark(a), unsmooth, scratchy, earthy, crude, unprocessed, blunt, grating, approximate, jumpy, approximative, uncut, rasping

    unseamed, entire, untoothed, calm, polished, velvety, exact, smooth, euphonous, uncreased, fine-textured, glassy, velvet-textured, streamlined, euphonious, nonaggressive, smooth-textured, unnotched, pleasant, unaggressive, creaseless, flowing, seamless, fast, skilled, refined, aerodynamic, sleek, repand, even-textured, kind, easy, velvet, unlined, sinuate, undulate

  13. rough(adj)

    not perfected

    bumpy, approximative, pugnacious, jolting, approximate, gravelly, rocky, fierce, harsh, scratchy, crude, jumpy, boisterous, grating, jolty, raspy, unsmooth, uncut, rasping

    exact, velvet, fast, seamless, flowing, smooth, smooth-textured, polished, skilled, streamlined, euphonious, aerodynamic, fine-textured, pleasant, creaseless, unlined, sleek, undulate, repand, refined, even-textured, velvety, entire, kind, unaggressive, calm, unseamed, easy, sinuate, euphonous, uncreased, nonaggressive, velvet-textured, glassy, unnotched, untoothed

  14. harsh, rough(adj)

    unpleasantly stern

    bumpy, approximative, rough, raspy, jolting, pugnacious, jolty, crude, gravelly, rocky, coarse, fierce, harsh, abrasive, scratchy, jumpy, boisterous, grating, approximate, unsmooth, uncut, rasping

    streamlined, smooth, unseamed, velvet, untoothed, unaggressive, smooth-textured, euphonious, seamless, nonaggressive, pleasant, kind, refined, fast, polished, undulate, even-textured, glassy, euphonous, sleek, skilled, flowing, uncreased, aerodynamic, fine-textured, velvety, entire, calm, velvet-textured, sinuate, repand, creaseless, unlined, exact, easy, unnotched

  15. harsh, rough(verb)

    unkind or cruel or uncivil

    bumpy, approximative, rough, raspy, jolting, pugnacious, jolty, crude, gravelly, rocky, coarse, fierce, harsh, abrasive, scratchy, jumpy, boisterous, grating, approximate, unsmooth, uncut, rasping

    undulate, aerodynamic, polished, streamlined, entire, untoothed, calm, sinuate, seamless, euphonous, velvet-textured, easy, even-textured, unnotched, unaggressive, creaseless, smooth, nonaggressive, uncreased, unlined, flowing, refined, fine-textured, exact, euphonious, sleek, repand, pleasant, kind, velvety, skilled, smooth-textured, velvet, fast, glassy, unseamed

  16. rough in, rough, rough out(adverb)

    prepare in preliminary or sketchy form

    rough, rough out, rough in

    sinuate, polished, smooth-textured, unlined, kind, skilled, aerodynamic, velvet-textured, smooth, seamless, exact, creaseless, undulate, velvety, glassy, sleek, uncreased, euphonious, unaggressive, unnotched, velvet, calm, streamlined, fine-textured, euphonous, pleasant, flowing, repand, nonaggressive, entire, even-textured, fast, untoothed, unseamed, refined, easy

  17. roughly, rough(adverb)

    with roughness or violence (`rough' is an informal variant for `roughly')

    around, some, rough, close to, more or less, about, or so, just about, approximately, roughly

    fine-textured, unaggressive, streamlined, undulate, repand, euphonous, untoothed, aerodynamic, unseamed, smooth, uncreased, polished, smooth-textured, sinuate, velvet, pleasant, entire, exact, skilled, velvety, euphonious, kind, fast, even-textured, easy, unlined, velvet-textured, unnotched, refined, nonaggressive, flowing, calm, glassy, creaseless, seamless, sleek

  18. roughly, rough(adverb)

    with rough motion as over a rough surface

    around, some, rough, close to, more or less, about, or so, just about, approximately, roughly

    velvet-textured, nonaggressive, velvet, exact, undulate, flowing, untoothed, velvety, sinuate, creaseless, seamless, skilled, smooth, repand, smooth-textured, unnotched, sleek, aerodynamic, unaggressive, euphonous, pleasant, uncreased, refined, streamlined, easy, fine-textured, calm, euphonious, kind, polished, glassy, entire, even-textured, fast, unlined, unseamed


  1. rough(noun)


  2. rough(noun)

    Having a texture that has much friction. Not smooth; uneven.


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  5. rough(noun)

    Difficult; trying.


  6. rough(adjective)

    Crude; unrefined


  7. rough(adjective)

    Violent; not careful or subtle


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. rough

    Awkward, from awk (kindred with off, from the Norwegian), is off-ward, turned the wrong way; it was anciently used of a back-handed or left-handed blow in battle, of squinting eyes, etc. Clumsy, on the other hand (from clumse, also through the Norwegian), signifies benumbed, stiffened with cold; this is the original meaning of clumsy fingers, clumsy limbs. Thus, awkward primarily refers to action, clumsy to condition. A tool, a vehicle, or the human frame may be clumsy in shape or build, awkward in motion. The clumsy man is almost of necessity awkward, but the awkward man may not be naturally clumsy. The finest untrained colt is awkward in harness; a horse that is clumsy in build can never be trained out of awkwardness. An awkward statement has an uncomfortable, and perhaps recoiling force; a statement that contains ill-assorted and incongruous material in ill-chosen language is clumsy. We speak of an awkward predicament, an awkward scrape. An awkward excuse commonly reflects on the one who offers it. We say the admitted facts have an awkward appearance. In none of these cases could clumsy be used. Clumsy is, however, applied to movements that seem as unsuitable as those of benumbed and stiffened limbs. A dancing bear is both clumsy and awkward.

    awkward, boorish, bungling, clownish, clumsy, gawky, maladroit, uncouth, ungainly, unhandy, unskilful

    adroit, clever, dexterous, handy, skilful

    The raw recruit is awkward in action; at the business.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. rough(a.)

    uneven, rugged, craggy, cragged, jagged, scraggy, not smooth

  2. rough(a.)

    unhewn, unwrought, unfashioned, formless, shapeless

  3. rough(a.)

    unpolished (as a gem), uncut

  4. rough(a.)

    shaggy, hirsute, bristly, ragged, disordered

  5. rough(a.)

    coarse, indelicate, rude, uncivil, impolite, ungracious, homespun, bluff, blunt, bearish, churlish, BRUSQUE, gruff

  6. rough(a.)

    harsh, sharp, severe, violent

  7. rough(a.)

    tart, sour, crabbed, hard

  8. rough(a.)

    inharmonious, discordant, jarring

  9. rough(a.)

    tempestuous, boisterous, stormy

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

gross, raw, crude, approximate, rugged, roughened, hard, coarse, brutal, unworked, tough, harsh, rude, rudimentary

Translations for rough

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • خشنArabic
  • tosc, difícil, aproximat, rude, quasi, aspreCatalan, Valencian
  • neomalený, surový, bouřlivý, hrubý, nepříjemný, raf (vyšší tráva kolem fairwaye)Czech
  • rau, grob, RoughGerman
  • rudo, difícil, tosco, turbulento, casi, aproximado, aproximativo, ásperoSpanish
  • kare, ligilähedaneEstonian
  • زبر, زمخت, خشنPersian
  • kova, karkea, luonnostella, murjoa, aallokkoinen, rosoinen, väkivaltainen, hahmotella, kuoppainen, pahoinpidellä, väkivaltaisuus, karhea, karheikko, raffiFinnish
  • approximatif, rugueux, ébaucher, brutaliser, difficile, brut, rude, malmener, brutalFrench
  • rûchWestern Frisian
  • garbh, eascaoinIrish
  • असभ्यHindi
  • műveletlen, kemény, durva, nehéz, faragatlan, zord, hozzávetőleges, érdes, nyers, egyenetlenHungarian
  • asperaIdo
  • difficile, approssimato, rugoso, rude, mosso, scabro, ruvidoItalian
  • 粗野, でこぼこJapanese
  • 거친Korean
  • دڕKurdish
  • asper, rudisLatin
  • šiurkštusLithuanian
  • ass, raupjš, rupjš, negludsLatvian
  • kōkau, tuarangarangaMāori
  • ကြမ်းBurmese
  • ruig, ruwDutch
  • ásperoPortuguese
  • dur, aspruRomanian
  • тяжёлый, грубый, трудный, жёсткий, шероховатый, суровый, черновой, приблизительный, бурный, примерныйRussian
  • ojämnSwedish
  • గరుకు, సుమారు, కష్టమైన, ఉరామరికTelugu
  • کسی نہ کسی طرحUrdu

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