What does Roughly mean?

Definitions for Roughly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. approximately, about, close to, just about, some, roughly, more or less, around, or soadverb

    (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct

    "lasted approximately an hour"; "in just about a minute"; "he's about 30 years old"; "I've had about all I can stand"; "we meet about once a month"; "some forty people came"; "weighs around a hundred pounds"; "roughly $3,000"; "holds 3 gallons, more or less"; "20 or so people were at the party"

  2. roughly, roughadverb

    with roughness or violence (`rough' is an informal variant for `roughly')

    "he was pushed roughly aside"; "they treated him rough"

  3. roughly, roughadverb

    with rough motion as over a rough surface

    "ride rough"


  1. roughlyadverb

    In a rough manner.

  2. roughlyadverb

    Unevenly; harshly; rudely; severely; austerely.

  3. roughlyadverb

    Imprecise but close to in quantity or amount; approximately.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


  1. roughly

    Roughly is an adverb that is usually used to indicate an approximate amount, value, level, or degree, without being precise or exact. It can also refer to doing something in a manner lacking gentleness or finesse, or in a quick and hasty way.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Roughlyadverb

    in a rough manner; unevenly; harshly; rudely; severely; austerely

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Roughly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4251

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Roughly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2363

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Roughly' in Adverbs Frequency: #275

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Roughly in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Roughly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Roughly in a Sentence

  1. Aaron White:

    Having food in your stomach while drinking can reduce your peak blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) by roughly a third.

  2. Jed Rose:

    Lifelong smokers face a greater than 1 in 2 chance of dying from smoking-related diseases, including a roughly 1 in 10 chance of dying from lung cancer.

  3. Bill Martin:

    The new, O3b satellites are in low, mid-Earth orbit, roughly five times closer to Earth, and they actually orbit. It’s a much more concentrated signal...access can be unlimited and high-speed.

  4. David Brenner:

    Radioactivity has a half-life, it does simply decay away in roughly a day or two.

  5. Nicolas Martin, www.iatrogenic.org:

    The headline reads, Docs say patients make them prescribe useless antibiotics. This puts a physician in roughly the same predicament as a serial killer. The latter says, Stop me before I kill again, while the former says, Stop me before I prescribe again.

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