roughness meaning

Pronunciation:   "roughness" in a sentence
Noun: roughness  rúfnus
  1. A texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and uneven
    - raggedness 
  2. The quality of being unpleasant (harsh or rough or grating) to the senses
    - harshness 
  3. An unpolished unrefined quality
    - crudeness 
  4. Used of the sea during inclement or stormy weather
    - choppiness, rough water 
  5. Rowdy behaviour
    - rowdiness, rowdyism, disorderliness, raucousness, riotousness 
  6. The formation of small pits in a surface as a consequence of corrosion
    - pitting, indentation 
  7. Harsh or severe speech or behaviour
    "men associate the roughness of nonstandard working-class speech with masculinity"; "the roughness of her voice was a signal to keep quiet"

Derived forms: roughnesses

See also: rough

Type of: corroding, corrosion, disorder, erosion, inelegance, intensification, storminess, texture, unpleasantness

Antonym: smoothness

Encyclopedia: Roughness


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  1. i don't mind her roughness one bit.
  2. i have no patience with his roughness.
  3. there was little roughness in the sport, and much playfulness.
  4. a little bracing roughness is better than spoiling him.
  5. the american mythology contains a good deal of toughness and roughness.

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