the first version of a piece of writing
The teacher requested rough drafts of the essay from the students.
also rough-draft , v.
Embrace the fact that a rough draft is meant to be just that—rough—and keep going.
Adventure Time then contracts their animation out to rough draft Studios in Seoul.
Bacall: I just had a crazy idea for a comedy and went to the desert for a couple weeks and banged out a rough draft of something.