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Rough — synonyms, rough antonyms, definition

1. rough (a)

119 synonyms

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2. rough (Noun)

7 synonyms


1 definition

rough (Noun) — The part of a golf course bordering the fairway where the grass is not cut short.

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3. rough (Adjective)

11 synonyms


1 antonym


14 definitions

rough (Adjective) — Having or caused by an irregular surface.ex. "trees with rough bark"ex. "rough ground"ex. "rough skin"ex. "rough blankets"

rough (Adjective) — (of persons or behaviour) lacking refinement or finesse.ex. "she was a diamond in the rough"ex. "rough manners"

rough (Adjective) — Not quite exact or correct.ex. "a rough guess"

rough (Adjective) — Full of hardship or trials.ex. "they were having a rough time"

rough (Adjective) — Violently agitated and turbulent.ex. "rough weather"ex. "rough seas"

rough (Adjective) — Unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound.ex. "a rough voice"

rough (Adjective) — Ready and able to resort to force or violence.ex. "they were rough and determined fighting men"

rough (Adjective) — (botany) of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut, fringed or scalloped.

rough (Adjective) — Causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements.ex. "a rough ride"

rough (Adjective) — Not shaped by cutting or trimming.ex. "rough gemstones"

rough (Adjective) — Not carefully or expertly made.ex. "rough carpentry"

rough (Adjective) — Not perfected.ex. "a rough draft"ex. "a few rough sketches"

rough (Adjective) — Unpleasantly stern.ex. "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"

rough (Adjective) — Unkind, cruel or uncivil.ex. "a rough answer"

4. rough (Verb)

2 synonyms

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1 definition

rough (Verb) — Prepare in preliminary or sketchy form.

1 type of


5. rough (Adverb)

1 synonym


2 definitions

rough (Adverb) — With roughness or violence ('rough' is an informal variant for 'roughly').ex. "they treated him rough"

rough (Adverb) — With rough motion as over a rough surface.ex. "ride rough"


Antonyms for rough

Antonyms for (adj) rough

Main entry: unsmooth, rough

Definition: having or caused by an irregular surface

Usage:trees with rough bark; rough ground; rough skin; rough blankets; his unsmooth face


Definition: having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities


Definition: not having a lining or liner


Definition: not broken; whole and intact; in one piece

Antonyms:unbroken, kept

Definition: (especially of promises or contracts) not violated or disregarded


Definition: marked by continuous or uninterrupted extension in space or time or sequence


Definition: exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury


Definition: having no ribs or no visible ribs


Definition: not having or joined by a seam or seams

Main entry: rough, jolting, jolty, jumpy, bumpy, rocky

Definition: causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements

Usage:a rough ride


Definition: of motion that runs or flows or proceeds without jolts or turbulence

Main entry: rough

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


Definition: of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth


Definition: lacking teeth

Main entry: rough, uncut

Definition: not shaped by cutting or trimming

Usage:an uncut diamond; rough gemstones


Definition: fashioned or shaped by cutting

Antonyms:sheared, shorn

Definition: having the hair or wool cut or clipped off as if with shears or clippers

Main entry: pugnacious, rough

Definition: ready and able to resort to force or violence

Usage:pugnacious spirits...lamented that there was so little prospect of an exhilarating disturbance- Herman Melville; they were rough and determined fighting men

Main entry: grating, gravelly, rough, scratchy, rasping, raspy

Definition: unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound

Usage:a gravelly voice

Main entry: boisterous, fierce, rough

Definition: violently agitated and turbulent

Usage:boisterous winds and waves; the fierce thunders roar me their music- Ezra Pound; rough weather; rough seas


Definition: (of weather) free from storm or wind

Main entry: rough, rocky

Definition: full of hardship or trials

Usage:the rocky road to success; they were having a rough time


Definition: posing no difficulty; requiring little effort


Definition: yielding readily to pressure or weight


Definition: compassionate and kind; conciliatory


Definition: (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward the hard palate; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh')

Antonyms:diffuse, diffused, soft

Definition: (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected

Main entry: rough

Definition: not perfected

Usage:a rough draft; a few rough sketches


Definition: perfected or made shiny and smooth

Main entry: rough, approximate, approximative

Definition: not quite exact or correct

Usage:the approximate time was 10 o'clock; a rough guess; a ballpark estimate


Definition: marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact

Main entry: crude, rough

Definition: not carefully or expertly made

Usage:managed to make a crude splint; a crude cabin of logs with bark still on them; rough carpentry


Definition: having or showing or requiring special skill

Main entry: harsh, rough

Definition: unkind or cruel or uncivil

Usage:had harsh words; a harsh and unlovable old tyrant; a rough answer


Definition: having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior

Main entry: harsh, rough

Definition: unpleasantly stern

Usage:wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus; the nomad life is rough and hazardous


Definition: affording pleasure; being in harmony with your taste or likings

Main entry: rough

Definition: (of persons or behavior) lacking refinement or finesse

Usage:she was a diamond in the rough; rough manners


Definition: (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel

Antonyms:processed, refined

Definition: freed from impurities by processing

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Opposite Of Rough, Antonyms of Rough, Meaning and Example Sentences

Opposite Of Rough, Antonyms of Rough, Meaning and Example Sentences

Antonym opposite words contradict each other and meet opposite meanings. A word has synonyms as well as antonyms. When we learn a language, when we learn a word in that language, it will be very useful for us to learn both the opposite and the synonyms of this word.

Because learning a word with its synonyms increases our competence in that language as well as our competence in speaking and writing. Learning a word with its opposite meanings both broadens our vocabulary and helps our activity on language. There are some things we need to know about opposite words.

First, the negative of a word cannot be the opposite of that word. Negative words indicate whether an action should be taken to us, that is, not the opposite meaning of a word. In a language, not every word has a synonym, but not every word has an opposite. In general, adjectives and adverbs have opposite meanings, that is, words reporting quality and quantity often have opposite words.

Rough means; rude, coarse, bearish, crude, vulgar

Opposites of Rough;

  • qualified
  • eligible
  • sufficient
  • classic
  • glorified
  • choice
  • authorized
  • contingent
  • conditioned
  • provisory
  • documented
  • certificated
  • documentary
  • limited
  • authoritative
  • executive
  • skilled
  • enough
  • adequate
  • ample
  • satisfactory

Example Sentences with Inferior;

  • This table is too rough, not suitable for our work.
  • Ice skating is not allowed on rough surfaces.
  • This is the rough draft of the peace treaty.
  • The lake was rough because of the rain.

Here are 400 Important Opposite Words List

  • boy – girl
  • brave – cowardly
  • break – fix
  • broad – narrow
  • brother – sister
  • build – destroy
  • busy – lazy
  • buy – sell
  • calm – excited
  • careful – careless
  • careless – careful
  • catch – miss
  • ceiling – floor
  • cellar – attic
  • centre – outskirts
  • certainly – probably
  • changeable – constant
  • cheap – expensive
  • child – adult
  • children – parents
  • clean – dirty
  • clear – cloudy
  • clever – stupid
  • close – open
  • closed – open
  • cloudy – clear
  • cold – hot
  • cold – heat
  • come – go
  • comedy – drama
  • complicated – simple
  • compliment – insult
  • compulsory – voluntary
  • connect – separate
  • consonant – vowel
  • constant – changeable
  • cry – laugh
  • damage – repair
  • danger – security
  • dangerous – safe
  • dark – light
  • daughter – son
  • dawn – dusk
  • day – night
  • dead – alive
  • death – birth
  • deep – shallow
  • defeat – victory
  • defence – attack
  • defend – attack
  • delicious – awful
  • deny – admit
  • depart – arrive
  • departure – arrival
  • descendant – ancestor
  • descent – ascent
  • desperate – hopeful
  • destroy – build
  • destruction – construction
  • devil – angel
  • dictatorship – republic
  • die – live
  • emigrate – immigrate
  • emigration – immigration
  • empty – full
  • end – begin
  • end – beginning
  • ending – beginning
  • enemy – friend
  • enjoy – hate
  • enter – leave
  • entrance – exit
  • equal – different
  • even – odd
  • evening – morning
  • everybody – nobody
  • everything – nothing
  • find – lose
  • finish – begin
  • finish – start
  • first – final
  • fix – break
  • flat – hilly
  • floor – ceiling
  • follow – lead
  • forbid – allow
  • for – against
  • foreground – background
  • foreign – domestic
  • foreigner – native
  • forget – remember
  • form – destroy
  • fortune – bad luck
  • forward – backward
  • free – arrest
  • freeze – melt
  • frequently – occasionally
  • fresh – old/stale
  • friend – enemy
  • front – rear
  • infrontof – back
  • full – empty
  • funny – serious
  • future – past
  • general – particular
  • generous – mean
  • gentle – violent
  • gentleman – lady
  • giant – tiny
  • girl – boy
  • give – take
  • go – come
  • good – bad
  • grown-up – child
  • guest – host
  • guilty – innocent
  • happiness – sadness
  • happy – sad
  • handsome – ugly
  • hard – easy
  • harvest – plant
  • hate – enjoy
  • health – disease
  • healthy – ill
  • heat – cold
  • heaven – hell
  • heavy – light
  • hell – heaven
  • land – water
  • large – small
  • last – first
  • late – early
  • laugh – cry
  • lazy – active
  • lead – follow
  • learn – teach
  • leave – arrive
  • left – right
  • lend – borrow
  • less – more
  • let – forbid
  • lie – stand
  • life – death
  • light – dark
  • light – heavy
  • like – hate
  • liquid – solid
  • little – big
  • little – much
  • live – die
  • long – short
  • lose – win
  • loser – winner
  • loud – quiet
  • love – hate
  • lovely – terrible
  • low – high
  • lower – raise
  • badluck – good luck
  • goodluck – bad luck
  • major – minor
  • married – divorced
  • marry – divorce
  • master – servant
  • maximum – minimum
  • mean – generous
  • melt – freeze
  • men – women
  • mend – break
  • mess – order
  • midnight – noon
  • minimum – maximum
  • minor – major
  • miss – hit
  • miss – catch
  • moderate – extreme
  • modern – ancient
  • monarchy – republic
  • moon – sun
  • more – less
  • morning – evening
  • mountain – valley
  • much – little
  • narrow – broad
  • nasty – nice
  • native – foreigner
  • natural – artificial
  • near – distant
  • negative – affirmative
  • nephew – niece
  • never – always
  • new – ancient
  • nice – awful
  • niece – nephew
  • night – day
  • no – yes
  • odd – even
  • off – on
  • often – seldom
  • old – modern
  • on – off
  • open – closed
  • open – closed
  • opponent – supporter
  • order – mess
  • ordinary – special
  • other – same
  • out – in
  • outside – inside
  • outskirts – centre
  • over – under
  • parents – children
  • part – whole
  • partial – total
  • particular – general
  • pass – fail
  • past – future
  • peace – war
  • permit – forbid
  • plant – harvest
  • plenty – lack
  • pleasant – awful
  • polite – rude
  • poor – rich
  • poverty – wealth
  • powerful – weak
  • presence – absence
  • present – past
  • pretty – ugly
  • private – public
  • probably – certainly
  • professional – amateur
  • protect – attack
  • protection – attack
  • public – private
  • pull – push
  • pupil – teacher
  • push – pull
  • question – answer
  • quick – slow
  • quiet – loud
  • raise – lower
  • rainy – sunny
  • rear – front
  • receive – send
  • reduce – increase
  • refuse – agree
  • regret – satisfaction
  • remember – forget
  • repair – damage
  • reply – ask
  • reply – question
  • republic – dictatorship
  • rest – work
  • rich – poor
  • right – left
  • rural – urban
  • sad – happy
  • sadness – happiness
  • safe – dangerous
  • safety – danger
  • salt – sugar
  • same – different
  • satisfaction – regret
  • satisfy – annoy
  • save – spend
  • scream – whisper
  • security – danger
  • seldom – often
  • sell – buy
  • send – receive
  • senior – junior
  • separate – connect
  • serious – funny
  • servant – master
  • setfree – arrest
  • shallow – deep
  • sharp – blunt
  • shelter – exposure
  • short – long
  • shout – whisper
  • shut – open
  • sick – healthy
  • silent – noisy
  • silly – intelligent
  • simple – complicated
  • sink – rise

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Synonyms of roughly in English:


See US English definition of roughly

See UK English definition of roughly


1‘he shoved her roughly away from him’


violently, forcefully, forcibly, abruptly, unceremoniously

2‘they treated him roughly’


harshly, unkindly, severely, unsympathetically

brutally, violently, savagely, inhumanly, mercilessly, cruelly, heartlessly

3‘a deal worth roughly £2.4 million’


approximately, about, around, round about, in the region of, something like, in the area of, in the neighbourhood of, of the order of, or so, or thereabouts, there or thereabouts, more or less, give or take a few, plus or minus a few

nearly, close to, as near as dammit, not far off, approaching

British getting on for

South African plus-minus


North American informal in the ballpark of


exactly, precisely


Antonyms roughly


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having a coarse or uneven surface, as from projections, irregularities, or breaks; not smooth: rough, red hands; a rough road.

shaggy or coarse: a dog with a rough coat.

(of an uninhabited region or large land area) steep or uneven and covered with high grass, brush, trees, stones, etc.: to hunt over rough country.

acting with or characterized by violence: Boxing is a rough sport.

characterized by unnecessary violence or infractions of the rules: It was a rough prize fight.

violently disturbed or agitated; turbulent, as water or the air: a rough sea.

having a violently irregular motion; uncomfortably or dangerously uneven: The plane had a rough flight in the storm.

stormy or tempestuous, as wind or weather.

sharp or harsh: a rough temper.

unmannerly or rude: his rough and churlish manner; They exchanged rough words.

disorderly or riotous: a rough mob.

difficult or unpleasant: to have a rough time of it.

harsh to the ear; grating or jarring, as sounds.

harsh to the taste; sharp or astringent: a rough wine.

coarse, as food.

lacking culture or refinement: a rough, countrified manner.

without refinements, luxuries, or ordinary comforts or conveniences: rough camping.

requiring exertion or strength rather than intelligence or skill: rough manual labor.

not elaborated, perfected, or corrected; unpolished, as language, verse, or style: a rough draft.

made or done without any attempt at exactness, completeness, or thoroughness; approximate or tentative: a rough guess.

crude, unwrought, nonprocessed, or unprepared: rough rice.

Phonetics. uttered with aspiration; having the sound of h; aspirated.


something that is rough, especially rough ground.

Golf. any part of the course bordering the fairway on which the grass, weeds, etc., are not trimmed.

the unpleasant or difficult part of anything.

anything in its crude or preliminary form, as a drawing.

Chiefly British. a rowdy; ruffian.


in a rough manner; roughly.

verb (used with object),roughed,rough·ing.

to make rough; roughen.

to give a beating to, manhandle, or subject to physical violence (often followed by up): The mob roughed up the speaker.

to subject to some rough, preliminary process of working or preparation (often followed by down, off, or out): to rough off boards.

to sketch roughly or in outline (often followed by in or out): to rough out a diagram; to rough in the conversation of a novel.

Sports. to subject (a player on the opposing team) to unnecessary physical abuse, as in blocking or tackling: The team was penalized 15 yards for roughing the kicker.

verb (used without object),roughed,rough·ing.

to become rough, as a surface.

to behave roughly.


1irregular, jagged, bumpy, craggy.

2hairy, bristly.

13noisy, cacophonous, raucous.

16impolite, uncivil, unpolished, rude.

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Idioms about rough

    in the rough, in a rough, crude, or unfinished state: The country has an exciting potential, but civilization there is still in the rough.

    rough it, to live without the customary comforts or conveniences; endure rugged conditions: We really roughed it on our fishing trip.

Origin of rough

before 1000; Middle English (adj. and noun); Old English rūh (adj.); cognate with Dutch ruig,German rauh





rough , ruff

Words nearby rough

Rouge Croix, Rouge Dragon, rouge et noir, Rouget cell, Rouget de Lisle, rough, roughage, rough-and-ready, rough-and-tumble, roughback, rough bluegrass Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Words related to rough

rugged, rocky, coarse, bumpy, fuzzy, choppy, harsh, dry, turbulent, tough, hard, cruel, raw, violent, unpleasant, nasty, unpolished, sketchy, foggy, uncertain

How to use rough in a sentence

  • It started out rough, with several calls being dropped before everyone realized that even phone directions for public comment needed to be translated before people start providing public comments.

    African Communities Warn Language Issues Could Shut Them Out of Redistricting|Maya Srikrishnan|February 10, 2021|Voice of San Diego

  • It’s been a rough road so far, but if there is one brightening light at the end of the tunnel, it’s that vaccinations are continuing to push forward.

    Why South Africa stopped using the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine|Rahul Rao|February 8, 2021|Popular-Science

  • While the fidelity and speed of the system are still a long way from those achieved by state-of-the-art devices, a lot of this is down to the rough and ready experimental setup the researchers used and should be possible to improve on.

    Connecting Distant Qubits Just Brought Distributed Quantum Computing Closer|Edd Gent|February 8, 2021|Singularity Hub 

  • Planes couldn’t fly that morning because of weather, and the water was rough.

    How is Alaska leading the nation in vaccinating residents? With boats, ferries, planes and snowmobiles.|Cathy Free|February 4, 2021|Washington Post

  • McIlroy did not call an official after checking on his ball in the rough Saturday at the 18th hole.

    Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed situations now appear very different with new information from PGA Tour|Des Bieler|February 4, 2021|Washington Post

  • Terrorism is bad news anywhere, but especially rough on Odessa, where the city motto seems to be “make love, not war.”

    Is Putin Turning to Terrorism in Ukraine?|Anna Nemtsova|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • Gurley was gunned down on Nov. 20, when a pair of cops was patrolling the rough housing project.

    Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC|M.L. Nestel|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Originally conceived by author Clarence E. Mulford in 1904, Hopalong was crude, rough-talking, and dangerous.

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  • CEO Michael Lynton showed a rough cut of the movie to U.S. officials before moving ahead.

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  • Hitchcock loved to tell stories, elaborate, complicated rough drafts for movies he would never make.

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  • The camp grew still, except for the rough and ready cook pottering about the fire, boiling buffalo-meat and mixing biscuit-dough.

    Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair

  • It was only a hut of rough boards, carelessly knocked together for a shepherd's temporary home.

    Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson

  • He reached up for her big, rough straw hat that hung on a peg outside the door, and put it on her head.

    The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin

  • England proclaimed a rough indignation at the demand for Gibraltar, which Austria had made in behalf of Spain.

    The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter

  • The advance had to be carefully made, for the country was rough, wooded, and covered with a dense undergrowth of bushes.

    The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn

British Dictionary definitions for rough


(of a surface) not smooth; uneven or irregular

(of ground) covered with scrub, boulders, etc

denoting or taking place on uncultivated groundrough grazing; rough shooting

shaggy or hairy

turbulent; agitateda rough sea

(of the performance or motion of something) uneven; irregulara rough engine

(of behaviour or character) rude, coarse, ill mannered, inconsiderate, or violent

harsh or sharprough words

informalsevere or unpleasanta rough lesson

(of work, a task, etc) requiring physical rather than mental effort

informalill or physically upsethe felt rough after an evening of heavy drinking

unfair or unjustrough luck

harsh or grating to the ear

harsh to the taste

without refinement, luxury, etc

not polished or perfected in any detail; rudimentary; not elaboraterough workmanship; rough justice

not prepared or dressedrough gemstones

(of a guess, estimate, etc) approximate

Australianinformal(of a chance) not good

having the sound of h; aspirated

rough oninformal, mainlyBritish
  1. severe towards
  2. unfortunate for (a person)

the rough side of one's tongueharsh words; a reprimand, rebuke, or verbal attack


rough ground

a sketch or preliminary piece of artwork

an unfinished or crude state (esp in the phrase in the rough)

the roughgolfthe part of the course bordering the fairways where the grass is untrimmed

tennissquashbadmintonthe side of a racket on which the binding strings form an uneven line

informala rough or violent person; thug

the unpleasant side of something (esp in the phrase take the rough with the smooth)


in a rough manner; roughly

sleep roughto spend the night in the open; be without a home or without shelter


(tr)to make rough; roughen

(tr ; foll by out, in, etc)to prepare (a sketch, report, piece of work, etc) in preliminary form

rough itinformalto live without the usual comforts or conveniences of life

See also rough out, rough up

Derived forms of rough

roughness, noun

Word Origin for rough

Old English rūh; related to Old Norse ruksa, Middle Dutch rūge, rūwe, German rauh

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with rough

In addition to the idioms beginning with rough

  • rough and ready
  • rough and tumble
  • rough it
  • rough on, be
  • rough out
  • rough up

also see:

  • diamond in the rough
  • ride roughshod over
  • take the rough with the smooth
  • when the going gets rough

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

Antonyms - English For Kids - Mind Blooming

1. roughly

adverb. ['ˈrʌfli'] (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct.

  • around
  • or so
  • just about
  • more or less
  • about
  • some
  • close to
  • -ly (English)
  • -lice (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • rough (English)
  • ruh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

Words that Rhyme with Roughly

Example sentences of the word roughly

1. Adverb
They should be square in shape and roughly the size of a quarter.

Quotes containing the word roughly

1. But there are roughly two sorts of informed people, aren't there? People who start off right by observing the pitfalls and mistakes and going round them, and the people who fall into them and get out and know they're there because of that. They both come to the same conclusions but they don't have quite the same point of view.
- Margery Allingham, Dancers in Mourning

2. roughly

adverb. ['ˈrʌfli'] with roughness or violence (roughly').

  • -ly (English)
  • -lice (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • rough (English)
  • ruh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

3. roughly

adverb. ['ˈrʌfli'] with rough motion as over a rough surface.

  • -ly (English)
  • -lice (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • rough (English)
  • ruh (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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Frequently Asked Questions About rough

How does the adjective rough contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of rough are harsh, rugged, scabrous, and uneven. While all these words mean "not smooth or even," rough implies points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface.

a rough wooden board

In what contexts can harsh take the place of rough?

While in some cases nearly identical to rough, harsh implies a surface or texture distinctly unpleasant to the touch.

a harsh fabric that chafes the skin

When is rugged a more appropriate choice than rough?

In some situations, the words rugged and rough are roughly equivalent. However, rugged implies irregularity or roughness of land surface and connotes difficulty of travel.

a rugged landscape

Where would scabrous be a reasonable alternative to rough?

Although the words scabrous and rough have much in common, scabrous implies scaliness or prickliness of surface.

a scabrous leaf

When might uneven be a better fit than rough?

The meanings of uneven and rough largely overlap; however, uneven implies a lack of uniformity in height, breadth, or quality.

an old house with uneven floors


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