Definition of vulgar in English:

vulgar

Line breaks: vul¦gar
Pronunciation: /ˈvʌlgə
 
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adjective

  • 3 dated Characteristic of or belonging to ordinary people.
    More example sentences
    • Thasos passed measures to prevent wine-shops becoming bars, while the fact that taverns were so popular in Byzantium and Athens revealed the essentially vulgar character of democratic societies.
    • The most likely explanation, however, is that Nushu derives from a simplification of vulgar forms of Chinese characters used in handwriting.
    • Heckerling's most well-known films link female characters with humour that belongs to a tradition of vulgar or low comedy.

Derivatives

vulgarly

adverb
More example sentences
  • In 1923, Ms Reese-Jarvis filed a lawsuit against two businessmen who, she felt, were vulgarly capitalising on Mother's Day and launched a placard and pamphlet protest.
  • You had to wear something much worse - the Eton jacket, vulgarly known as the ‘bum freezer’, which was essentially a tail suit without the tails.
  • He plays the piano ‘badly and vulgarly,’ and what is worse, he plays Grieg.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin vulgaris, from vulgus 'common people'. The original senses were 'used in ordinary calculations' (surviving in vulgar fraction) and 'in ordinary use, used by the people' (surviving in vulgar tongue).

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