vulgar - Dictionary definition and meaning for word vulgar

(adj) lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
Synonyms : coarse , common , rough-cut , uncouth
Example Sentence
  • he had coarse manners but a first-rate mind
  • behavior that branded him as common
  • an untutored and uncouth human being
  • an uncouth soldier--a real tough guy
  • appealing to the vulgar taste for violence
  • the vulgar display of the newly rich

(adj) of or associated with the great masses of people
Synonyms : common , plebeian , unwashed
Example Sentence
  • the common people in those days suffered greatly
  • behavior that branded him as common
  • his square plebeian nose
  • a vulgar and objectionable person
  • the unwashed masses

(adj) being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language
Synonyms : common , vernacular
Example Sentence
  • common parlance
  • a vernacular term
  • vernacular speakers
  • the vulgar tongue of the masses
  • the technical and vulgar names for an animal species

(adj) conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
Synonyms : crude , earthy , gross
Example Sentence
  • coarse language
  • a crude joke
  • crude behavior
  • an earthy sense of humor
  • a revoltingly gross expletive
  • a vulgar gesture
  • full of language so vulgar it should have been edited

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