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rough

adjective
 
 
/rʌf/
NOT SMOOTH B1 A rough surface is not smooth: rough hands rough groundRough, irregular and uneven
APPROXIMATE B1 approximate: a rough estimate Can you give me a rough idea of the cost?Approximate
FORCEFUL B2 If the sea or weather is rough, there is a lot of strong wind and sometimes rain: The boat sank in rough seas off the Swedish coast.Stormy weatherWind and windsDescribing bad weather
SICK [never before noun] UK sick: I feel a bit rough after last night.Not fit and healthyThin or slender (of people)
DIFFICULT B2 difficult or unpleasant: She's having a rough time at work.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
DANGEROUS dangerous or violent: a rough part of town Hockey can be quite a rough game.Violent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly
NOT PERFECT quickly done and not perfect: These are just rough sketches.Crude and basic
roughness noun [U]
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