R r


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ruhf]
    • /rʌf/
    • /ˈrʌfli/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ruhf]
    • /rʌf/

Definitions of roughly word

  • adjective roughly having a coarse or uneven surface, as from projections, irregularities, or breaks; not smooth: rough, red hands; a rough road. 1
  • adjective roughly shaggy or coarse: a dog with a rough coat. 1
  • adjective roughly (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. 1
  • adjective roughly acting with or characterized by violence: Boxing is a rough sport. 1
  • adjective roughly characterized by unnecessary violence or infractions of the rules: It was a rough prize fight. 1
  • adjective roughly violently disturbed or agitated; turbulent, as water or the air: a rough sea. 1

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Origin of roughly

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English (adj. and noun); Old English rΕ«h (adj.); cognate with Dutch ruig, German rauh

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Parts of speech for Roughly


roughly popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for roughly

prep roughly

  • about β€” You use about to introduce who or what something relates to or concerns.
  • circa β€” Circa is used in front of a particular year to say that this is the approximate date when something happened or was made.
  • in general β€” of or relating to all persons or things belonging to a group or category: a general meeting of the employees.

adv roughly

  • actively β€” engaged in action; characterized by energetic work, participation, etc.; busy: an active life.
  • agonizingly β€” accompanied by, filled with, or resulting in agony or distress: We spent an agonizing hour waiting to hear if the accident had been serious or not.
  • all but β€” All but a particular person or thing means everyone or everything except that person or thing.
  • all in all β€” You use all in all to introduce a summary or general statement.
  • almost β€” You use almost to indicate that something is not completely the case but is nearly the case.

adverb roughly

  • abrasively β€” in an abrupt manner
  • abusively β€” using, containing, or characterized by harshly or coarsely insulting language: an abusive author; abusive remarks.
  • agonisingly β€” Alternative spelling of agonizingly.
  • artlessly β€” In an artless manner.
  • craggily β€” full of crags.

preposition roughly

  • around β€” To be positioned around a place or object means to surround it or be on all sides of it. To move around a place means to go along its edge, back to your starting point.

conjunction roughly

  • or β€” a Boolean operator that returns a positive result when either or both operands are positive.

Antonyms for roughly

adv roughly

  • agilely β€” quick and well-coordinated in movement; lithe: an agile leap.
  • airily β€” in a jaunty or high-spirited manner
  • analogously β€” having analogy; corresponding in some particular: A brain and a computer are analogous.
  • blandly β€” If you do something blandly, you do it in a calm and quiet way.
  • breezily β€” abounding in breezes; windy.

adverb roughly

  • carefully β€” cautious in one's actions: Be careful when you cross the street.
  • commensurably β€” In a commensurable manner; so as to be commensurable.
  • conformably β€” With or in conformity; suitably; agreeably.
  • equitably β€” In an equitable manner.
  • equivalently β€” In an equivalent manner; equally.

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