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Meaning of VULGAR

Pronunciation:  'vulgur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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"
  2. [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"
  3. [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"
  4. [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"

VULGAR is a 6 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: coarse, common, crude, earthy, gross, indecent, informal, lowborn, plebeian, uncouth, unrefined, unwashed, vernacular



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vul"gar\, a. [L. vulgaris, from vulgus the multitude,
    the common people; of uncertain origin: cf. F. vulgaire. Cf.
    1. Of or pertaining to the mass, or multitude, of people;
       common; general; ordinary; public; hence, in general use;
       vernacular. ``As common as any the most vulgar thing to
       sense. '' -- Shak.
             Things vulgar, and well-weighed, scarce worth the
             praise.                               --Milton.
             It might be more useful to the English reader . . .
             to write in our vulgar language.      --Bp. Fell.
             The mechanical process of multiplying books had
             brought the New Testament in the vulgar tongue
             within the reach of every class.      --Bancroft.
    2. 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. ``Like the vulgar
       sort of market men.'' --Shak.
             Men who have passed all their time in low and vulgar
             life.                                 --Addison.
             In reading an account of a battle, we follow the
             hero with our whole attention, but seldom reflect on
             the vulgar heaps of slaughter.        --Rambler.
    3. 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
             Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. --Shak.
    {Vulgar fraction}. (Arith.) See under {Fraction}.
  2. \Vul"gar\, n. [Cf. F. vulgaire.]
    1. One of the common people; a vulgar person. [Obs.]
             These vile vulgars are extremely proud. --Chapman.
    2. The vernacular, or common language. [Obs.]