Definition of roughly in English:



  • 1In a manner lacking gentleness; harshly or violently.

    ‘the man picked me up roughly’
    • ‘Liadan's almond eyes narrow as she pulls her hands roughly out of his gentle grip.’
    • ‘She tensed as strong arms dragged her roughly from the vehicle, and deposited her on the freezing floor.’
    • ‘I think it's a very strong material and I actually handle it quite roughly.’
    • ‘The doors opened and they were roughly herded into a deteriorating brick structure.’
    • ‘Her small hand took my chin roughly and she forced me to look at her.’
    • ‘Harmony's lips were pressed roughly onto his, and he didn't know what to do.’
    • ‘Hala stalked over to the edge of the clearing and roughly grabbed a strong branch off the ground.’
    • ‘I brushed my hair roughly and chose a nice pair of silver hoops.’
    • ‘He grabbed Sapphire's hand roughly, picked up the pizza boxes with the other arm, and walked out.’
    • ‘He looked back at her, roughly wiping any traces of tears from his eyes.’
    • ‘At once, they both came forward and grabbed David, roughly holding him back.’
    • ‘The mate roughly picked him up off the deck and held him with his feet just touching ground, looking disgusted.’
    • ‘Reyna stood and leapt at Vincent, but he slapped her away roughly and she was knocked harshly against a table.’
    • ‘He set the plate down on the mattress roughly and then crouched down in front of her.’
    • ‘She flung the cloth to the floor with rage and picked up the cage roughly, slamming it on a small rickety table harder than she had intended.’
    • ‘Someone picked me up and roughly carried me out of the car.’
    • ‘Six other guards stepped forward and roughly grabbed Maria, Andrea, and Jackie.’
    • ‘A chauffeur opened the door and Natalie was roughly shoved into the back of the limo with Evan right behind her.’
    • ‘She had only been sitting for a couple of minutes when she was roughly picked up and thrown up against the nearest wall.’
    • ‘She grunted, her eyes widening as his knee pushed into her stomach roughly and violently.’
    violently, forcefully, forcibly, abruptly, unceremoniously
    harshly, unkindly, severely, unsympathetically
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  • 2In a manner lacking refinement and precision.

    ‘people were crouching over roughly built brick fireplaces’
    • ‘The buildings looked mainly to be made of wood and roughly cut stone and many farmyard animals were walking around.’
    • ‘It was rectangular and about the length of my hand, and was wrapped roughly in brown paper, like it had been done in a hurry.’
    • ‘Everyone was silent on the rest of the walk to the roughly cut door.’
    • ‘He let his two companions look for a moment longer before walking on down a roughly paved street, Cale and Sam following absent-mindedly.’
    • ‘It is roughly built but the roof is nevertheless sound enough to keep the interior completely dry.’
    1. 2.1Approximately.
      ‘this is a walk of roughly 13 miles’
      [sentence adverb] ‘the narrative is, roughly speaking, contemporary with the earliest of the gospels’
      • ‘Oconomowoc is, in fact, a town in southern Wisconsin, roughly halfway between Milwaukee and Madison.’
      • ‘My annual visit to Cornwall involves a round trip of about 475 miles, which will cost roughly £214.’
      • ‘The patronas call them chacha, gata, or criada - roughly translatable as wench.’
      • ‘I think all writers, roughly speaking, are in the education business.’
      • ‘In Bordeaux, however, the jeroboam is five litres - roughly equal to six bottles or a half case.’
      • ‘That lack of change means that the economy was, roughly speaking, growing at its potential rate.’
      • ‘Here are my thoughts on the remaining contenders, in roughly ascending order of preference.’
      • ‘Each does roughly the same thing, and there is a fair amount of overlap among these standards.’
      • ‘Cirro Stratus condensed to form one giant mist roughly the size of Japan.’
      • ‘The name of this ship is the In'jiken, roughly translated meaning Native Beast.’
      • ‘Micheal picked me up for the Senior Prom that night at roughly nine o'clock.’
      • ‘Logs were laid in a roughly circular manner around the fire pit and there were some rough chairs as well.’
      • ‘It occupies an area of 56,136 square miles and is roughly the size of Tennessee.’
      • ‘This new film, Full Frontal, was savaged by critics and stayed in theaters for roughly four hours.’
      • ‘Her shoes matched the dress, and made her roughly six feet tall.’
      • ‘Each player picks up a small pile of roughly 22 cards from either of the two piles.’
      • ‘The identity of the bad guy is telegraphed through after roughly twenty minutes.’
      • ‘The health status of Greek citizens is roughly equivalent to that of Western Europe.’
      • ‘He picked up a piece, a shard of metal roughly the same shape and size as his index finger.’
      • ‘The cannon that was protecting Billy was absolutely huge, roughly the size of a semi-truck.’