AskDefine | Define roughly

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roughly adv
1 (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct; "lasted approximately an hour"; "in just about a minute"; "he's about 30 years old"; "I've had about all I can stand"; "we meet about once a month"; "some forty people came"; "weighs around a hundred pounds"; "roughly $3,000"; "holds 3 gallons, more or less"; "20 or so people were at the party" [syn: approximately, about, close to, just about, some, more or less, around, or so]
2 with roughness or violence (`rough' is an informal variant for `roughly'); "he was pushed roughly aside"; "they treated him rough" [syn: rough]
3 with rough motion as over a rough surface; "ride rough" [syn: rough]

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  1. In a rough manner.
  2. Unevenly; harshly; rudely; severely; austerely.


in a rough manner (1) unevenly (2)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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