Definition of roughhouse in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrʌfhaʊs//ˈrʌfhaʊz/


[no object]
Pronunciation /ˈrʌfhaʊs//ˈrʌfhaʊz/
North American
  • 1Act in a boisterous, violent manner.

    ‘they roughhouse on street corners’
    • ‘They sat down on the front porch, and watched the other three boys wrestle and rough house in the yard.’
    • ‘Every day we rough-house or play tag for a half hour, and on weekends we play for hours, walk around the mall or go to the park.’
    • ‘Squeak asked as he bent down to rough house with Buddy.’
    • ‘I was glad I had the car all to myself, glad I didn't have a worrying wife beside me or a couple kids rough-housing in the back seat.’
    • ‘Did you break this lamp rough-housing around the house?’
    • ‘Some people will warn you about a poodle's general fragility but I could still rough-house with him and he would regularly go on 3-mile runs.’
    brawl, come to blows, exchange blows, assault each other, attack each other, hit each other, punch each other
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    1. 1.1with object Handle (someone) roughly or violently.
      ‘he had them roughhoused by his servants’
      • ‘Fathers step in to socialize their toddlers along gender lines at around 13 months, verbally rough-housing their sons and talking in more emotional terms with daughters.’
      • ‘In that one Mitchell tried to rough house John.’
      • ‘Would you rather me rough house you, or treat you like a queen?’


Pronunciation /ˈrʌfhaʊs/
North American
  • A violent disturbance.

    ‘I shouldn't like to be up against you in a roughhouse’
    • ‘That latter demand turned the Security Council into a rough house that saw one country lean heavily on smaller and more vulnerable members.’
    • ‘If it turned into a rough-house later someone tell me - I've still got the video.’
    fight, scuffle, fracas, brawl, struggle, tussle, fist fight, fisticuffs, melee, scrimmage, free-for-all, free fight, affray, fray, riot, skirmish, exchange, clash, encounter
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