What does vulgar mean?

Definitions for vulgarˈvʌl gər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vulgar.

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"


  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

  6. Origin: [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. 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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Leo Tolstoy:

    Crude, immoral, vulgar and senseless.

  2. Albert Camus:

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

  3. Kurt Herbert Alder:

    The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar minds -- success.

  4. Bernie Sanders:

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

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Peeling an apple with a sword is not something original; it is vulgar!

Images & Illustrations of vulgar

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Translations for vulgar

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • algemeen, vulgêr, platvloers, volks, ongepoets, gewoon, onbeskaafAfrikaans
  • مبتذلArabic
  • vulgarCatalan, Valencian
  • gemen, obskøn, ordinær, uanstændig, simpel, vulgærDanish
  • unanständig, vulgär, ordinär, Volks-, ungehobelt, allgemein, volkstümlich, unfein, gewöhnlich, vulgärsprachlich, ungebildet, gemeinGerman
  • χυδαίος, πρόστυχος, αγοραίος, κοινόςGreek
  • triviala, vulgaraEsperanto
  • vulgarSpanish
  • مبتذل, رکيکPersian
  • rahvaanomainen, vulgaari, rivo, sivistymätön, kansanomainenFinnish
  • vulgaire, obscèneFrench
  • gràisgeilScottish Gaelic
  • vulgarGalician
  • otromba, durva, trágár, közönséges, vulgárisHungarian
  • կոպիտArmenian
  • vulgar, tak senonoh, cabul, jorok, kotorIndonesian
  • osceno, indecente, volgare, trivialeItalian
  • 汚い, 卑しい, 平民, 庶民的Japanese
  • vulgærNorwegian
  • gewoon, obsceen, volks, smakeloos, ordinair, ruw, vulgair, gemeenDutch
  • vulgærNorwegian Nynorsk
  • vulgærtNorwegian
  • obscenicznyPolish
  • vulgar, indecente, comum, popular, obscenoPortuguese
  • comun, grosolan, obscen, ordinar, vulgarRomanian
  • пошлый, неприличный, вульгарный, простонародный, непристойныйRussian
  • pöbel-, vulgär, pöbelaktig, gemenSwedish
  • kabaTurkish
  • بیہودہUrdu

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