Definition of rustic in English:

rustic

adjective

  • 1Relating to the countryside; rural.

    • ‘The rooms are modestly furnished and reflect the rustic charm of traditional Montenegro.’
    • ‘Finding plain speaking was not so unusual in the rustic heartland of those days.’
    • ‘There were small wooden houses covered by snow, and everything looked so rustic.’
    • ‘Charcoal advocates like the smoky flavor and the risky rustic adventure of getting the fire just right.’
    • ‘Unbelievable, though, there is a restaurant here, set in the woods, rustic and jolly, with a view and a children's plastic slide.’
    • ‘According to Gujral, hearing Sharif's views in rustic Punjabi made the interaction quite memorable.’
    • ‘But the idea that it is all about helping rustic smallholders to keep making rare cheeses has very little to do with reality.’
    • ‘Tale, the city-dweller turns rustic, rattling on about the countryside.’
    • ‘Sonntag occasionally populated his landscapes with a lone land hunter, usually near his rustic log cabin.’
    • ‘The film starts quite well in the rustic village where Zishe is a humble blacksmith, the beloved son of devout Jewish parents.’
    • ‘The glances it gets on these rustic streets are more murderous than any it might garner from the fashionistas in Milan.’
    • ‘Although much of the traditional agriculture of times past has disappeared - the village threshing floors are now broken and abandoned - there remains a feeling of rustic self-sufficiency.’
    • ‘The patriarch belongs to the rustic world of Juan Vicente Gomez, who ruled Venezuela from 1908 to 1935.’
    • ‘As cyclists rode through the rustic towns that hug the route, spectators cheered, waved, and took snapshots.’
    • ‘Sheep graze, and cows gaze, over a bucolic, rustic world that their forebearers would recognize at once.’
    • ‘In Batopilas, try the rustic adobe Hotel Mary for about $10 per person.’
    • ‘The fireplace really suited the rustic cabin setting.’
    • ‘Villagers were in their colourful headgear huddled together in a lurching truck on a rustic road.’
    • ‘Camp Verde is less than 20 miles from the rustic retreat outside Sedona where the fatal sweat lodge ceremony was held on Oct. 8.’
    • ‘Unlike Paul Theroux in his travelogue, The Great Railway Bazaar, the reader does not have to board a train and look at endless stretches of secluded rustic regions.’
    1. 1.1 Having a simplicity and charm that is considered typical of the countryside.
      ‘the unblemished charm of rustic life has been a perennial source of inspiration for the painter’
      ‘bare plaster walls and a terra-cotta floor give a rustic feel’
      • ‘This old town Bristol sugar warehouse is warm and rustic but thankfully convincing too.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The rustic country architecture and furnishings feel very south-of-France.’
      • ‘Knotty-pine wails, white tablecloths, and a sprinkling of artwork and Western memorabilia create a pleasingly rustic yet romantic ambience.’
      • ‘The region - best known for its great fortified port wines and some rustic dry reds - appears to be undergoing a renaissance of sorts.’
      • ‘The Inn offers rustic charm with all the modern conveniences.’
      • ‘Now entering its first full season, the Hidden Springs Ranch offers a unique experience that blends rustic charm with spa-caliber amenities.’
      • ‘The island's only true nudist retreat, it's also the most rustic.’
      • ‘Like all tiny-room experts, they know the benefits of volume, and they're serving up rustic Italian cuisine for a reason.’
      • ‘‘The furniture of any era should advocate a return to rustic simplicity in the face of creeping industrialisation,’ she opined.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A hard, pre-manufactured material, brick gives a rustic and casual feel to the space.’
      • ‘The home that architect David Coleman designed isn't literally a series of outbuildings, but his plan captures that rustic spirit.’
      • ‘There are no surprises here: it's rustic Americana and country inflected ballads all the way.’
      • ‘We didn't move to Spain to recover some rustic, romantic, agrarian life.’
      • ‘Meursault is the most rustic, but is astoundingly complex in nearly all its forms.’
      • ‘Having been to Costa Rica many times I still love this country with its friendly people and its rustic charm.’
      • ‘As a contrast to these rustic, earthy dishes, I'm giving you my creme fraiche mousse with pears poached in caramel and wine.’
      • ‘A stay in the renovated stables, just off the main building, completes the Wildean-era rustic romance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      rural, country, countryside
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    2. 1.2 Lacking the sophistication of the city; backward and provincial.
      ‘you are a rustic halfwit’
      • ‘This is a vast improvement on the old one, but a bit rustic compared to other new clubhouses.’
      • ‘It amused her that he was so rustic and old fashioned.’
      • ‘Colombia was a bit rustic but she was finally able to think of something besides the divorce.’
      • ‘Old stone foundations are visible in the winter, remnants of a time when life was rustic and full of hardship.’
      • ‘It was a more rustic and northern version of Detroit with escarpments of slag and iron ore.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ever wonder why Bombayites find other cities pedestrian, rustic?’
      • ‘The tug of war is still considered a rustic sport in the cities.’
      • ‘Rather than dismissing their culture and beliefs as rustic and backwards, she seeks to engage with them and understand their form, origin and nature.’
      • ‘Instead it reminds us that men such as Dabney were hardly rustic provincials.’
      • ‘But for station hands, managers, support staff and their families, the lifestyle remains rustic and dangerous.’
      • ‘I pondered the delicious irony of it all - for all the money and sophistication, Napa still felt, well, rustic.’
      • ‘It did not matter to Amrita Pritam whether she was portraying a rustic woman or a sophisticated urbanite.’
      • ‘She cannot help mentally comparing the handsome, strong and apparently sophisticated Pichandi to her rustic, overbearing husband.’
      • ‘In other poems Marvell describes youths both male and female, both rustic and sophisticated.’
      unsophisticated, uncultured, unrefined, uncultivated, simple, plain, homely, artless, unassuming, guileless, naive, ingenuous
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  • 2Made in a plain and simple fashion.

    ‘rustic pottery’
    plain, simple, homely, unsophisticated, homespun
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    1. 2.1 Made of untrimmed branches or rough timber.
      ‘a rustic oak bench’
      • ‘They build flower boxes, make picture frames from knotholes, and create rustic benches and tables.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The furniture has the rough rustic feel you can only get from hand crafting and is reminiscent of old Morocco.’
      • ‘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 restaurant has rustic farm tables to share and makes fantastic omelets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The rustic fence is composed mostly of bitter cherry saplings joined with wood screws.’
      • ‘Other species of wood used include birch, which is made into besom for brooms and horse jumps and oak for rustic furniture.’
      • ‘Steven's rustic trellises typically last three or four years before the poles decay, making replacement necessary.’
      • ‘The owners painted the ceiling off-white and applied a stain to the rustic beams to make them look like driftwood.’
      • ‘The light sisal rug anchors the rustic tables, and the suedelike wall glaze in a caramel shade adds warmth to the knotty pine ceiling.’
      • ‘Give furniture a rustic look by finishing it in a distressed, aged way.’
      • ‘You can buy fantastic rustic style six foot fencing from B&Q cheap enough to encircle the whole garden.’
    2. 2.2 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.’
      • ‘A rustic stone wall lined the edge of the overlook.’
      • ‘There are no architectural features, with one exception of a roughcast rustic bridge in the left foreground.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 2.3 Denoting freely formed lettering, especially a relatively informal style of handwritten Roman capital letter.
      • ‘This is a baroque homage to Pablo Ferro that doesn't employ white, condensed, rustic lettering.’
      • ‘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.’

noun

  • 1derogatory An unsophisticated country person.

    ‘they paused to watch the rustics dance and carouse’
    • ‘We rubbed shoulders with the local rustics, but only shoulders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was thin and unusually refined for a self-educated New York rustic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In his boyhood, the autobiographer is an unreconstructed rustic who might have stepped out of a pastoral elegy of Virgil or Theocritus.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Still the rustics were at a loss to explain why they continued to consume non-vegetarian food.’
    • ‘It also started a trend which saw the country as the mist-covered heather-clad mountains of home, peopled by well-meaning rustics.’
    • ‘He has remained the affable rustic who enjoyed the company of old friends.’
    • ‘Won't the degenerate rustics of Sherston, so clearly in need of protection from themselves, go back to their ancient uncouth ways?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Associating contentment with modest circumstances, she visited poor rustics in order to ‘participate’ in their simplicity and tranquillity.’
    • ‘Now he was like some Steven King rustic, issuing cryptic wisdom from the porch to a tourist who just wants directions to the hotel.’
    • ‘As ever, viewers would have concurred that all change originated in the city and not from ‘tradition-bound, passive rustics.’’
    • ‘The very nature of the urban renaissance in Bristol was to exclude rustics from participation rather than to transform them into citified wannabes.’
    • ‘In Greece, rich aristocrats used gold and silver in life, while poor rustics used wooden vessels.’
    • ‘The project's field co-ordinators are no rustics.’
    • ‘I was reckless in my ways, dangerous and unpolished to the point of being branded a rustic.’
    countryman, countrywoman, peasant, daughter of the soil, son of the soil, country bumpkin, bumpkin, yokel, country cousin
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  • 2A small brownish European moth.

    • ‘Some of the greatest declines were suffered by autumn rustic (92 per cent since 1968), ghost moth (73 per cent), and white ermine (77 per cent).’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

rustic

/ˈrəstik//ˈrəstɪk/