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Rough or crude but effective for a purpose or use.


1. crude, unpolished, or hastily prepared, but sufficient for the purpose
2. (of a person) without formality or refinement; rudely vigorous
ˈrough-and-ˈreadiness n


1. rough, rude, or crude, but good enough for the purpose.
2. exhibiting rough vigor rather than refinement or delicacy.
rough′-and-read′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.rough-and-ready - crude but effective for the purpose at hand
effective, effectual, efficacious - producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect; "an air-cooled motor was more effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long-distance transportation"-LewisMumford; "effective teaching methods"; "effective steps toward peace"; "made an effective entrance"; "his complaint proved to be effectual in bringing action"; "an efficacious law"


[ˈrʌfənˈredɪ] ADJ [person] → tosco, burdo, basto; [structure] → tosco, basto; [accommodation] → humilde, sencillo; [method] → improvisado


[ˌrʌfəndˈrɛdɪ] adjrudimentale


(raf) adjective
1. not smooth. Her skin felt rough.
2. uneven. a rough path.
3. harsh; unpleasant. a rough voice; She's had a rough time since her husband died.
4. noisy and violent. rough behaviour.
5. stormy. The sea was rough; rough weather.
6. not complete or exact; approximate. a rough drawing; a rough idea/estimate.
1. a violent bully. a gang of roughs.
2. uneven or uncultivated ground on a golf course. I lost my ball in the rough.
ˈroughly adverb
ˈroughness noun
ˈroughage (-fidʒ) noun
substances in food, eg bran or fibre, which help digestion.
ˈroughen verb
to make or become rough. The sea roughened as the wind rose.
rough diamond
a person of fine character but rough manners.
ˌrough-and-ˈready adjective
1. not carefully made or finished, but good enough. a rough-and-ready meal.
2. (of people) friendly enough but without politeness etc.
ˌrough-and-ˈtumble noun
friendly fighting between children etc.
rough it
to live for a period of time without the comforts or conveniences of modern life. They roughed it in the jungles for two months.
rough out
to draw or explain roughly. I roughed out a diagram; He roughed out his plan.