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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.
References in classic literature ?
No rough-and-ready surgery of the Del Mar sort obtained at Cedarwild, else Michael would not have lived.
With largely improvised dialogue, thumping techno score and pulsing undercurrent of danger, this is rough-and-ready, rough-and tumble stuff that belies its amazing technical artistry.
But she added: "That does not mean to say that anomalies do not arise from a rough-and-ready rather than an absolute approach.