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 around the gills, run down, washed out, faint, dizzy, giddy, light-headed
British off, off colour
informal under the weather, below par, not up to par, funny, peculiar, lousy, rotten, awful, terrible, dreadful, crummy
British informal grotty, ropy
Scottish informal wabbit, peely-wally
Australian, New Zealand informal 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
British informal yob, yobbo, bovver boy, lager lout, chav
Scottish informal radge
Scottish, Northern English informal keelie, ned
Australian, New Zealand informal roughie, lout

verb

1‘rough the surface with sandpaper’

SYNONYMS
roughen, make rough

Phrases

    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
    rough something out


    SYNONYMS
    draft, sketch out, outline, block out, mock up
    suggest, delineate, give a brief idea of
    formal adumbrate