American English

Definition of roughly adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1approximately but not exactly Sales are up by roughly 10%. We live roughly halfway between here and the coast. They all left at roughly the same time. Roughly speaking, we receive about fifty letters a week on the subject.
  2. 2using force or not being careful and gentle He pushed her roughly out of the way. “What do you want?” she demanded roughly.
  3. 3in a way that does not leave a smooth surface roughly plastered walls
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: roughly