Definitions for vulgarˈvʌl gər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vul•gar*ˈvʌl gər(adj.)

  1. characterized by ignorance of or lack of good breeding or taste:

    vulgar ostentation.

  2. indecent; obscene; lewd:

    a vulgar gesture.

  3. lacking in refinement; crude; coarse; boorish.

  4. of, pertaining to, or constituting the ordinary people in a society.

  5. spoken by, or being in the language spoken by, the people generally; vernacular.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  6. current; popular; common:

    vulgar beliefs.

  7. lacking in distinction or aesthetic value; banal; ordinary.

* Syn: See common.

Origin of vulgar:

1350–1400; ME < L vulgāris=vulg(us) the general public +-āris -ar1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. coarse, common, rough-cut, uncouth, vulgar(adj)

    lacking refinement or cultivation or taste

    "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"

  2. common, plebeian, vulgar, unwashed(adj)

    of or associated with the great masses of people

    "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"

  3. common, vernacular, vulgar(adj)

    being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language

    "common parlance"; "a vernacular term"; "vernacular speakers"; "the vulgar tongue of the masses"; "the technical and vulgar names for an animal species"

  4. crude, earthy, gross, vulgar(adj)

    conspicuously and tastelessly indecent

    "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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. vulgar(adjective)ˈvʌl gər

    (of language, a joke, etc.) likely to cause offense; = crude

    a vulgar expression; the vulgarity of his language


  1. vulgar(Adjective)

    Debased, uncouth, distasteful, obscene.

  2. vulgar(Adjective)

    Having to do with ordinary, common people.

  3. Origin: Middle English, from vulgaris, from volgus, vulgus, from wl̥k- (compare Welsh gwala, ἁλία εἰλέω, вєликъ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vulgar(adj)

    of or pertaining to the mass, or multitude, of people; common; general; ordinary; public; hence, in general use; vernacular

  2. Vulgar(adj)

    belonging or relating to the common people, as distinguished from the cultivated or educated; pertaining to common life; plebeian; not select or distinguished; hence, sometimes, of little or no value

  3. Vulgar(adj)

    hence, lacking cultivation or refinement; rustic; boorish; also, offensive to good taste or refined feelings; low; coarse; mean; base; as, vulgar men, minds, language, or manners

  4. Vulgar(noun)

    one of the common people; a vulgar person

  5. Vulgar(noun)

    the vernacular, or common language

Translations for vulgar

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not generally socially acceptable, decent or polite; ill-mannered

Such behaviour is regarded as vulgar.

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