Definition of rustic in English:

rustic

adjective

  • 1Relating to the countryside; rural.

    1. 1.1Having a simplicity and charm that is considered typical of the countryside.
      ‘bare plaster walls and a terra-cotta floor give a rustic feel’
      • ‘‘The furniture of any era should advocate a return to rustic simplicity in the face of creeping industrialisation,’ she opined.’
      • ‘The home that architect David Coleman designed isn't literally a series of outbuildings, but his plan captures that rustic spirit.’
      • ‘And if you never thought that rustic, preppy and retro chic couldn't be combined, then you may not be ready for what the season has to offer.’
      • ‘There are no surprises here: it's rustic Americana and country inflected ballads all the way.’
      • ‘The island's only true nudist retreat, it's also the most rustic.’
      • ‘The rustic country architecture and furnishings feel very south-of-France.’
      • ‘The idea for upscale rustic cuisine came to him in the most ideal of places - at Louie's Backyard looking out over the ocean in Key West.’
      • ‘Having been to Costa Rica many times I still love this country with its friendly people and its rustic charm.’
      • ‘A stay in the renovated stables, just off the main building, completes the Wildean-era rustic romance.’
      • ‘The Inn offers rustic charm with all the modern conveniences.’
      • ‘It's hard to credit it now, but there was a time within living memory when we tried to lure foreign tourists with romantic images of whitewashed cottages and rustic simplicity.’
      • ‘The region - best known for its great fortified port wines and some rustic dry reds - appears to be undergoing a renaissance of sorts.’
      • ‘Now entering its first full season, the Hidden Springs Ranch offers a unique experience that blends rustic charm with spa-caliber amenities.’
      • ‘Knotty-pine wails, white tablecloths, and a sprinkling of artwork and Western memorabilia create a pleasingly rustic yet romantic ambience.’
      • ‘We didn't move to Spain to recover some rustic, romantic, agrarian life.’
      • ‘A hard, pre-manufactured material, brick gives a rustic and casual feel to the space.’
      • ‘This old town Bristol sugar warehouse is warm and rustic but thankfully convincing too.’
      • ‘Meursault is the most rustic, but is astoundingly complex in nearly all its forms.’
      • ‘Like all tiny-room experts, they know the benefits of volume, and they're serving up rustic Italian cuisine for a reason.’
      • ‘As a contrast to these rustic, earthy dishes, I'm giving you my creme fraiche mousse with pears poached in caramel and wine.’
      • ‘Attached to the rustic old country house hotel was a gallery and a deli where we bought a mid-morning feast of focaccia, Persian feta and relish.’
    2. 1.2derogatory Lacking the sophistication of the city; backward and provincial.
      ‘you are a rustic halfwit’
      • ‘Instead it reminds us that men such as Dabney were hardly rustic provincials.’
      • ‘It did not matter to Amrita Pritam whether she was portraying a rustic woman or a sophisticated urbanite.’
      • ‘It amused her that he was so rustic and old fashioned.’
      • ‘This is a vast improvement on the old one, but a bit rustic compared to other new clubhouses.’
      • ‘I pondered the delicious irony of it all - for all the money and sophistication, Napa still felt, well, rustic.’
      • ‘The tug of war is still considered a rustic sport in the cities.’
      • ‘It was a more rustic and northern version of Detroit with escarpments of slag and iron ore.’
      • ‘Old stone foundations are visible in the winter, remnants of a time when life was rustic and full of hardship.’
      • ‘She cannot help mentally comparing the handsome, strong and apparently sophisticated Pichandi to her rustic, overbearing husband.’
      • ‘Rather than dismissing their culture and beliefs as rustic and backwards, she seeks to engage with them and understand their form, origin and nature.’
      • ‘In other poems Marvell describes youths both male and female, both rustic and sophisticated.’
      • ‘Ever wonder why Bombayites find other cities pedestrian, rustic?’
      • ‘But for station hands, managers, support staff and their families, the lifestyle remains rustic and dangerous.’
      • ‘No avenue was provided for input from the majority of the users of these rustic but sanitary facilities - the tens of thousands of Lower Mainlanders who frequent them throughout the summer months.’
      • ‘Colombia was a bit rustic but she was finally able to think of something besides the divorce.’
  • 2Constructed or made in a plain and simple fashion, in particular.

    plain, simple, homely, unsophisticated, homespun
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    1. 2.1Made of untrimmed branches or rough timber.
      ‘a rustic oak bench’
      • ‘The furniture has the rough rustic feel you can only get from hand crafting and is reminiscent of old Morocco.’
      • ‘The restaurant has rustic farm tables to share and makes fantastic omelets.’
      • ‘This large room has a rustic oak floor and pine-panelled ceilings.’
      • ‘One evening while Fahrquhar and his wife were sitting on a rustic bench near the entrance to his grounds, a gray-clad soldier rode up to the gate and asked for a drink of water.’
      • ‘The light sisal rug anchors the rustic tables, and the suedelike wall glaze in a caramel shade adds warmth to the knotty pine ceiling.’
      • ‘They build flower boxes, make picture frames from knotholes, and create rustic benches and tables.’
      • ‘Give furniture a rustic look by finishing it in a distressed, aged way.’
      • ‘The rustic fence is composed mostly of bitter cherry saplings joined with wood screws.’
      • ‘Steven's rustic trellises typically last three or four years before the poles decay, making replacement necessary.’
      • ‘Other species of wood used include birch, which is made into besom for brooms and horse jumps and oak for rustic furniture.’
      • ‘The owners painted the ceiling off-white and applied a stain to the rustic beams to make them look like driftwood.’
      • ‘These treatments often accentuate the natural or rustic look of rough sawn lumber and allow the wood grain and surface texture to show through the finish.’
      • ‘You can buy fantastic rustic style six foot fencing from B&Q cheap enough to encircle the whole garden.’
      • ‘The lounge is big and homely, and there are rustic breakfast tables in the kitchen, with the option of eating outside in the lovely garden.’
    2. 2.2Architecture
      With rough-hewn or roughened surface or with deeply sunk joints.
      ‘a rustic bridge’
      • ‘However, producing these two rustic finishes creates minute fissures in the stone, thereby increasing its liquid absorption and its retention of dirt and pollutants.’
      • ‘Inspired by a trip to England, Pat's son Brian built the gate pillars with salvaged bricks and concrete blocks, made rustic with patches of mortar.’
      • ‘Against a rustic stucco wall, water trickles out of scalloped bowls into a colorful blue fountain bedecked with blazing bougainvillea.’
      • ‘There are no architectural features, with one exception of a roughcast rustic bridge in the left foreground.’
      • ‘A rustic stone wall lined the edge of the overlook.’
    3. 2.3Denoting freely formed lettering, especially a relatively informal style of handwritten Roman capital letter.
      • ‘High-grade book scripts were angular square capitals suited to inscriptions and the chisel, more fluid rustic capitals, and rounded uncials suited to the pen.’
      • ‘This is a baroque homage to Pablo Ferro that doesn't employ white, condensed, rustic lettering.’

noun

derogatory
  • An unsophisticated country person.

    • ‘Won't the degenerate rustics of Sherston, so clearly in need of protection from themselves, go back to their ancient uncouth ways?’
    • ‘He was thin and unusually refined for a self-educated New York rustic.’
    • ‘In his boyhood, the autobiographer is an unreconstructed rustic who might have stepped out of a pastoral elegy of Virgil or Theocritus.’
    • ‘We rubbed shoulders with the local rustics, but only shoulders.’
    • ‘He has remained the affable rustic who enjoyed the company of old friends.’
    • ‘Teniers's distance from the rustics he painted is illustrated by his canvas, in the Brussels Museum of Art, of his visit with his wife to a country fair on his estate, De Drij Toren.’
    • ‘As ever, viewers would have concurred that all change originated in the city and not from ‘tradition-bound, passive rustics.’’
    • ‘As Christian fundamentalism and consumerism subvert local cosmologies and converts castigate traditional practices as satanic or insult animist believers as rustics, few replace shrine objects.’
    • ‘It ‘read’ like the old story - that the rustics could be placated by figures and facts, even if many of the facts were ‘projections’ and experience beyond this island.’
    • ‘I was reckless in my ways, dangerous and unpolished to the point of being branded a rustic.’
    • ‘But if you visualise Owen as one of those red-faced rustics going about his business with a straw in his mouth, you are well off track.’
    • ‘Associating contentment with modest circumstances, she visited poor rustics in order to ‘participate’ in their simplicity and tranquillity.’
    • ‘The very nature of the urban renaissance in Bristol was to exclude rustics from participation rather than to transform them into citified wannabes.’
    • ‘Now he was like some Steven King rustic, issuing cryptic wisdom from the porch to a tourist who just wants directions to the hotel.’
    • ‘In recent weeks, our Government has been trying to distance itself from the horrendous costs of foot and mouth disease, preferring to present the ministry as an innocent victim of greedy rustics.’
    • ‘It also started a trend which saw the country as the mist-covered heather-clad mountains of home, peopled by well-meaning rustics.’
    • ‘The phrase puts me in mind of pub engravings, of rustics in waistcoats lying full-length in rowing boats, poking at ducks with long muskets.’
    • ‘Finster has often been presented by the mass media as a hillbilly rustic who was ‘discovered’ and promoted to stardom by a few well-placed figures in the art world.’
    • ‘The project's field co-ordinators are no rustics.’
    • ‘Still the rustics were at a loss to explain why they continued to consume non-vegetarian food.’
    • ‘In Greece, rich aristocrats used gold and silver in life, while poor rustics used wooden vessels.’
    countryman, countrywoman, peasant, daughter of the soil, son of the soil, country bumpkin, bumpkin, yokel, country cousin
    paysan
    campesino
    contadino, paisano
    muzhik, kulak
    fellah
    ryot
    culchie, bogman
    hillbilly, hayseed, hick, rube
    bushy
    backblocker
    clown, villein, swain, hind, carl, cottier
    bucolic
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense rural): from Latin rusticus, from rus the country.

Pronunciation:

rustic

/ˈrəstik/