- 1Lacking sophistication or good taste: a vulgar check suitMore example sentences
tasteless, gross, crass, unrefined, tawdry, ostentatious, flamboyant, over-elaborate, overdone, showy, flashy, gaudy, garish, brassy, kitsch, tinselly, flaunting, glaring, brash, loud, harshimpolite, ill-mannered, unmannerly, indecorous, unseemly, ill-bred, boorish, low, low-minded, gross, uncouth, crude, rough; uncultured, uncultivated, unsophisticated, unrefined; illiterate, uneducated, philistine; common, ordinary, low-born, plebeian• archaic baseborn
- Columnist John Blunt questioned whether such stunts classed as entertainment, when in fact they showed rather poor, even vulgar, taste.
- We blame them for violence in society, vulgar tastes and a host of other ills.
- Looking out on Europe from the sheltered perspective of his home in Basle, Burckhardt deplored the arrival of mass society with its vulgar tastes, turbulent politics, and unlimited capacity for violence.
- 2Making explicit and offensive reference to sex or bodily functions; coarse and rude: a vulgar jokeMore example sentences
rude, indecent, indelicate, offensive, distasteful, obnoxious, risqué, suggestive, racy, earthy, off colour, colourful, coarse, crude, ribald, Rabelaisian, bawdy, obscene, lewd, salacious, licentious, vile, depraved, sordid, smutty, dirty, filthy, pornographic, X-rated, scatological; profane, foul, foul-mouthed, blasphemous, abusive, scurrilousNorth American • informal gamy• euphemistic adult• rare concupiscent
- I brace myself for something offensive or vulgar or just inane enough to cause me to stifle a laugh.
- Political correctness has certainly not hindered my ability to be vulgar or offensive.
- Seldom have we witnessed a more shameless display of rude and vulgar behavior towards an invited guest.
- 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.
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- 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.