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Noun: roughness  rúf-nus
  1. A texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and uneven
    - raggedness
  2. The quality of being harsh, rough or grating to the senses
    - harshness
  3. An unpolished unrefined quality
    "the roughness of frontier dwellings depressed her";
    - crudeness
  4. Used of the sea during inclement or stormy weather
    - choppiness, rough water
  5. Rowdy behaviour
    - rowdiness, rowdyism, disorderliness, rambunctiousness, riotousness, raucousness
  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"

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

Antonym: smoothness

Encyclopedia: Roughness