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Main Entry: 1rough
Pronunciation: primarystressrschwaf
Function: adjective
1 a : having an uneven surface : not smooth b : covered with or made up of coarse and often shaggy hair or bristles <a rough-coated terrier>
2 a : not calm <rough seas> b : being harsh or violent <rough treatment> c : difficult to take or deal with <we've had some rough times>
3 a : harsh to the ear b : coarse or rugged in nature or look
4 : not complete or exact <a rough draft> <rough estimate>; also : 1APPROXIMATE <this will give you a rough idea of the house>
- roughˇish /primarystressrschwaf-ish/ adjective
- roughˇly adverb
- roughˇness noun
synonyms ROUGH, HARSH, RUGGED mean not smooth or even. ROUGH implies having points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface <rough wood>. HARSH implies having a surface that is unpleasant to the touch <a harsh brush>. RUGGED implies an uneven land surface and suggests difficulty of travel <rugged mountain roads>.

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