Definition of roughie in English:



  • 1Australian dated, dialect A hooligan.

    • ‘They have always been happy to exploit sexual innuendo, while all the time claiming that it - not the roughies on the other side - stood for civility in political debate.’
    • ‘That makes him, to use the vernacular, a roughie.’
    ruffian, thug, lout, hooligan, hoodlum, rowdy, bully boy, brawler
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    1. 1.1NZ An unfair or unreasonable act.
  • 2NZ Australian An outsider in a horse race.

    • ‘Three roughies if your looking for better money are Yippio, Primrose sands and always the bridesmaid, Kaapstad Way.’
  • 3

    variant spelling of roughy