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Synonyms of rough in English:


  • 1 she stumbled on the rough ground
    [Antonyms] flat, smooth
  • 2 the terrier's coat is rough and thick
    coarse, bristly, scratchy, prickly;
    shaggy, hairy, hirsute, bushy, fuzzy
    [Antonyms] smooth, sleek
  • 3 the tree has a rough, purplish-brown bark
    rarenodulous, nodose
  • 4 the cream brings immediate relief to rough skin
    [Antonyms] smooth
  • 5 his voice was rough with barely controlled anger
    [Antonyms] soft
  • 6 down the hall, a noise of rough laughter and shouting could be heard
    [Antonyms] dulcet
  • 7 a bottle of rough red wine
    [Antonyms] sweet, mellow
  • 8 he tends to get rough when he's drunk
    violent, brutal, vicious;
    aggressive, belligerent, pugnacious, thuggish;
    boisterous, rowdy, disorderly, unruly, unrestrained, wild, riotous, undisciplined, unmanageable
    Scottish informalradge
    [Antonyms] gentle, passive
  • 9 a robust machine, able to withstand rough handling
    careless, clumsy, inept, unskilful
    [Antonyms] careful
  • 10 Sophie disliked his rough manners
    [Antonyms] cultured, civilized, refined
  • 11 rough seas
    turbulent, stormy, storm-tossed, tempestuous, violent, heavy, heaving, raging, choppy, agitated
    [Antonyms] calm
  • 12 the weather was really rough
    foul, filthy, nasty, inclement, unpleasant, disagreeable
    [Antonyms] fine
  • 13 informal they gave him a very rough time
    difficult, hard, tough, bad, unpleasant, demanding, arduous
    [Antonyms] easy, pleasant
  • 14British informal you were a bit rough on her
    harsh, hard, tough, stern, sharp, abrasive, severe, unfair, unjust, unrelenting, unfeeling, insensitive, nasty, cruel;
    unkind, unsympathetic, inconsiderate, brutal, heartless, savage, merciless, extreme
    [Antonyms] kind, gentle
  • 15 informal ‘How are you feeling?’ ‘Pretty rough’
    ill, unwell, poorly, bad, out of sorts, indisposed, not oneself, sick, queasy, nauseous, nauseated, peaky, liverish, green about the gills, run down, washed out, faint, dizzy, giddy, light-headed;
    British off, off colour
    informalunder the weather, below par, not up to par, funny, peculiar, lousy, rotten, awful, terrible, dreadful, crummy
    British informalgrotty, ropy
    Scottish informalwabbit, peely-wally
    Australian/New Zealand informalcrook
    vulgar slangcrappy
    [Antonyms] well, okay
  • 16 she cobbled together a rough draft and then rewrote it
    preliminary, hasty, quick, sketchy, cursory, basic, crude, rudimentary, rough and ready, raw, unpolished, unrefined;
    incomplete, unfinished, uncompleted
    [Antonyms] finished, perfected
  • 17 this is only a rough estimate
    [Antonyms] exact, accurate, precise
  • 18 I'm afraid the accommodation is rather rough
    plain, basic, simple, rough and ready, rustic, rude, crude, primitive, spartan, uncomfortable
    [Antonyms] luxurious
  • noun

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  • 1 the artist's initial roughs are very important
    preliminary sketch, draft, outline, mock-up, model, artist's impression
  • 2British a bunch of roughs attacked him
    Australian larrikin
    British informalyob, yobbo, bovver boy, lager lout, chav
    Scottish informalradge
    Scottish & Northern English informalkeelie, ned
    Australian/New Zealand informalroughie, lout
  • verb

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  • rough the surface with sandpaper
    roughen, make rough
  • Phrases

    rough something out

    draft, sketch out, outline, block out, mock up;
    suggest, delineate, give a brief idea of

    rough someone up

    beat up, beat, attack, assault, knock about/around, maltreat, mistreat, abuse, batter, manhandle
    informaldo over, bash up, work over, beat the living daylights out of
    British informalduff up
    North American informalbeat up on

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