Synonyms of rough in English:

rough


See definition of rough

adjective

1‘she stumbled on the rough ground’

SYNONYMS

uneven, irregular, bumpy, stony, rocky, broken, rugged, jaggy, craggy

rutted, pitted, rutty

ANTONYMS

flat, smooth

2‘the terrier's coat is rough and thick’

SYNONYMS

coarse, bristly, scratchy, prickly

shaggy, hairy, hirsute, bushy, fuzzy

ANTONYMS

smooth, sleek

3‘the tree has a rough, purplish-brown bark’

SYNONYMS

gnarled, knotty, lumpy, knobbly, nodular

rare nodulous, nodose

4‘the cream brings immediate relief to rough skin’

SYNONYMS

dry, leathery, weather-beaten

chapped, chafed, calloused, scaly, scabrous

technical furfuraceous

ANTONYMS

smooth

5‘his voice was rough with barely controlled anger’

SYNONYMS

gruff, hoarse, harsh, rasping, raspy, husky, throaty, gravelly, guttural

ANTONYMS

soft

6‘down the hall, a noise of rough laughter and shouting could be heard’

SYNONYMS

raucous, discordant, cacophonous, grating, jarring, strident, harsh, dissonant, unmusical, inharmonious, unmelodious

ANTONYMS

dulcet

7‘a bottle of rough red wine’

SYNONYMS

sharp-tasting, sharp, sour, acidic, acid, vinegary

rare acidulous

ANTONYMS

sweet, mellow

8‘he tends to get rough when he's drunk’

SYNONYMS

violent, brutal, vicious

aggressive, belligerent, pugnacious, thuggish

boisterous, rowdy, disorderly, unruly, unrestrained, wild, riotous, undisciplined, unmanageable

informal ugly

Scottish informal radge

ANTONYMS

gentle, passive

9‘a robust machine, able to withstand rough handling’

SYNONYMS

careless, clumsy, inept, unskilful

ANTONYMS

careful

10‘Sophie disliked his rough manners’

SYNONYMS

boorish, loutish, oafish, brutish, coarse, crude, uncouth, rough-hewn, roughcast, vulgar, unrefined, unladylike, ungentlemanly, uncultured, ill-bred, ill-mannered, unmannerly, impolite, churlish, discourteous, uncivil, ungracious, rude, brusque, blunt, curt

ANTONYMS

cultured, civilized, refined

11‘rough seas’

SYNONYMS

turbulent, stormy, storm-tossed, tempestuous, violent, heavy, heaving, raging, choppy, agitated

informal rolly

ANTONYMS

calm

12‘the weather was really rough’

SYNONYMS

stormy, wild, tempestuous, squally, wet, rainy, windy, blustery

foul, filthy, nasty, inclement, unpleasant, disagreeable

ANTONYMS

fine

13‘they gave him a very rough time’

SYNONYMS

difficult, hard, tough, bad, unpleasant, demanding, arduous

ANTONYMS

easy, pleasant

14‘you were a bit rough on her’

SYNONYMS

harsh, hard, tough, stern, sharp, abrasive, severe, unfair, unjust, unrelenting, unfeeling, insensitive, nasty, cruel

unkind, unsympathetic, inconsiderate, brutal, heartless, savage, merciless, extreme

ANTONYMS

kind, gentle

15‘‘How are you feeling?’ ‘Pretty rough’’

SYNONYMS

ill, unwell, poorly, bad, out of sorts, indisposed, not oneself, sick, queasy, nauseous, nauseated, peaky, liverish, green about the gills, run down, washed out, faint, dizzy, giddy, light-headed

British off, off colour

under the weather, below par, not up to par, funny, peculiar, lousy, rotten, awful, terrible, dreadful, crummy

British grotty, ropy

Scottish wabbit, peely-wally

NZ Australian crook

vulgar slang crappy

dated seedy

rare peaked, peakish

ANTONYMS

well, okay

16‘she cobbled together a rough draft and then rewrote it’

SYNONYMS

preliminary, hasty, quick, sketchy, cursory, basic, crude, rudimentary, rough and ready, raw, unpolished, unrefined

incomplete, unfinished, uncompleted

ANTONYMS

finished, perfected

17‘this is only a rough estimate’

SYNONYMS

approximate, inexact, estimated, imprecise, coarse-grained, vague, general, hazy

North American informal ballpark

ANTONYMS

exact, accurate, precise

18‘I'm afraid the accommodation is rather rough’

SYNONYMS

plain, basic, simple, rough and ready, rustic, rude, crude, primitive, spartan, uncomfortable

ANTONYMS

luxurious


noun

1‘the artist's initial roughs are very important’

SYNONYMS

preliminary sketch, draft, outline, mock-up, model, artist's impression

2‘a bunch of roughs attacked him’

SYNONYMS

ruffian, thug, lout, hooligan, hoodlum, rowdy, bully boy, brawler

Australian larrikin

informal tough, roughneck, bruiser, gorilla, yahoo

informal yob, yobbo, bovver boy, lager lout, chav

Scottish informal radge

Northern English Scottish informal keelie, ned

NZ Australian informal roughie, lout


verb

1‘rough the surface with sandpaper’

SYNONYMS

roughen, make rough


Phrases

    rough something out

      SYNONYMS

      draft, sketch out, outline, block out, mock up

      suggest, delineate, give a brief idea of

      formal

      adumbrate

      rough
    rough someone up

      SYNONYMS

      beat up, beat, attack, assault, knock about, knock around, maltreat, mistreat, abuse, batter, manhandle

      do over, bash up, work over, beat the living daylights out of

      British

      duff up

      North American

      beat up on