What does vulgar mean?

Definitions for vulgar
ˈvʌl gərvul·gar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coarse, common, rough-cut, uncouth, vulgaradjective

    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, unwashedadjective

    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, vulgaradjective

    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, vulgaradjective

    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"


  1. vulgaradjective

    Debased, uncouth, distasteful, obscene.

  2. vulgaradjective

    Having to do with ordinary, common people.

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


  1. Vulgar

    Vulgar is a Latin word meaning "common" or "pertaining to ordinary people."


  1. vulgar

    Vulgar, in general terms, refers to language, behavior, or actions that are explicit, crude, obscene, or lacking sophistication and good taste. It is often associated with indecency, coarseness, or offensiveness, and it applies to anything that is considered inappropriate or unacceptable in societal norms.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vulgaradjective

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

  2. Vulgaradjective

    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. Vulgaradjective

    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. Vulgarnoun

    one of the common people; a vulgar person

  5. Vulgarnoun

    the vernacular, or common language

  6. Etymology: [L. vulgaris, from vulgus the multitude, the common people; of uncertain origin: cf. F. vulgaire. Cf. Divulge.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vulgar

    vul′gar, adj. pertaining to or used by the common people, native: public: common; national, vernacular: mean or low: rude.—n. the common people: the common language of a country.—ns. Vulgā′rian, a vulgar person: a rich unrefined person; Vulgarisā′tion, a making widely known: a making coarse or common.—v.t. Vul′garise, to make vulgar or rude.—ns. Vul′garism, a vulgar phrase: coarseness; Vulgar′ity, Vul′garness, quality of being vulgar: mean condition of life: rudeness of manners.—adv. Vul′garly.—n. Vul′gate, an ancient Latin version of the Scriptures, so called from its common use in the R.C. Church, prepared by Jerome in the fourth century, and pronounced 'authentic' by the Council of Trent.—Vulgar fraction, a fraction written in the common way.—The vulgar, the common people. [L. vulgarisvulgus, the people.]


  1. Vulgar

    common; not conspicuous: obscure in appearance and abundant in number.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vulgar in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vulgar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of vulgar in a Sentence

  1. Ben Howe:

    I've promised that I will phone bank for Hillary if he's the nominee, i think (Trump) is a vulgar, sociopathic liar and I don't want him out there saying he represents me.

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    Frankly, it is vulgar to me that we're having a war of billionaires.

  3. Kelvin Cochran:

    Naked men refuse to give in, so they pursue sexual fulfillment through multiple partners, with the opposite sex, the same sex, and sex outside of marriage and many other vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body – temple and dishonor God. i did not single out homosexuality.

  4. Albert Camus:

    The need to be right -- the sign of a vulgar mind.

  5. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.

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