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vulgar (ˈvʌlɡə



  1. marked by lack of taste, culture, delicacy, manners, etc   ⇒  ■ vulgar behaviour,   ⇒  ■ vulgar language
  2. (often capital; usually prenominal) denoting a form of a language, esp of Latin, current among common people, esp at a period when the formal language is archaic and not in general spoken use
  3. (archaic)
    1. of, relating to, or current among the great mass of common people, in contrast to the educated, cultured, or privileged; ordinary
    2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)   ⇒  ■ the vulgar

Derived Forms

ˈvulgarly  adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Latin vulgāris belonging to the multitude, from vulgus the common people

Quotations including 'vulgar'

  • "It's worse than wicked, my dear, it's vulgar" [Punch]

Translations for 'vulgar'

  • British English: vulgar If you describe something as vulgar, you think it is in bad taste or of poor artistic quality.I think it's a very vulgar house.ˈvʌlɡə ADJECTIVE
  • Arabic: سُوْقِيّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: vulgar
  • Chinese: 粗俗的
  • Croatian: vulgaran vulgarna
  • Czech: nevkusný
  • Danish: vulgær
  • Dutch: vulgair
  • European Spanish: vulgar
  • Finnish: rahvaanomainen
  • French: vulgaire
  • German: vulgär
  • Greek: χυδαίος χυδαία
  • Italian: volgare
  • Japanese: 低俗な
  • Korean: 저속한
  • Norwegian: vulgær
  • Polish: wulgarny wulgarna
  • Portuguese: ordinário ordinária
  • Romanian: vulgar vulgară, vulgari, vulgare
  • Russian: вульгарный вульгарная
  • Spanish: vulgar
  • Swedish: vulgär vulgärt
  • Thai: หยาบคาย ขาดความประณีต
  • Turkish: kabainsan
  • Ukrainian: вульгарний
  • Vietnamese: tục tĩu

Example Sentences Including 'vulgar'

She was a businesswoman now; it was only natural for her to be crude and vulgar.
Smith, Evelyn E Miss Melville Regrets
It is hideous and vulgar , a modern square of coppery smoked glass with gilded aluminium balconies.
various & introduction by Deirdre Chapman A Roomful of Birds - Scottish short stories 1990
His own offering of spring flowers, still lying on the table, seemed vulgar by comparison.
Fraser, Anthea Death Speaks Softly


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