Definition of vulgar adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvʌlɡə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvʌlɡər//
    Describing unpleasant traits
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  1. 1not having or showing good taste; not polite, elegant or well behaved synonym coarse, in bad taste a vulgar man vulgar decorations She found their laughter and noisy games coarse and rather vulgar. She gave a rather vulgar laugh.
  2. 2rude and likely to offend synonym crude vulgar jokes See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin vulgaris, from vulgus ‘common people’. The original senses were ‘used in ordinary calculations’ (surviving in vulgar fraction) and ‘in ordinary use, used by the people’ (surviving in vulgar tongue).
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