One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Uncivilized, barbarous. rare.
2Rough, uneven, rugged.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in William Lithgow (1582–c1645), traveller. From Italian ruvido rough, uneven, rugged, uncivilized, ill-mannered, probably from classical Latin or post-classical Latin rugidus creased, wrinkly (in an isolated undated inscription on a terracotta vessel found in Sarajevo, Bosnia, as rugetus; from rūga wrinkle + -idus).
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