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rustic

[ruhs-tik] /ˈrʌs tɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or living in the country, as distinguished from towns or cities; rural.
2.
simple, artless, or unsophisticated.
3.
uncouth, rude, or boorish.
4.
made of roughly dressed limbs or roots of trees, as garden seats.
5.
(of stonework) having the surfaces rough or irregular and the joints sunken or beveled.
noun
6.
a country person.
7.
an unsophisticated country person.
Origin of rustic
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin rūsticus, equivalent to rūs the country (see rural) + -ticus adj. suffix
Related forms
rustical, adjective
rustically, rusticly, adverb
rusticalness, rusticness, noun
nonrustic, adjective
nonrustically, adverb
unrustic, adjective
unrustically, adverb
Synonyms
1. See rural.
Antonyms
1. urban.
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  • “I am afraid you do not like my name, sir,” says I, annoyed with myself to be annoyed with such a rustical fellow.

  • The rustical driver of the Leeds to York stage, happily, did not know who his passenger was.

  • Ladds thought that she must be some shy maiden from the country—a little "rustical" perhaps.

    The Golden Butterfly Walter Besant
  • "I am afraid you do not like my name, sir," says I, annoyed with myself to be annoyed with such a rustical fellow.

    David Balfour, Second Part Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Richard's gaze went following two rustical people—clearly bride and groom.

    The President Alfred Henry Lewis
  • Was it possible that in the whirligig of time a future could lie before one so uncouth and rustical?

    The Path of the King John Buchan
  • He is some country beau, the dandy of some market town, the son of some rustical justice, the cock of some village.

    A Gentleman Player Robert Neilson Stephens
  • By this cunning device, in their rustical eyes, Its tinkle soon passed for a bell of great size.

    Literary Fables of Yriarte Tomas de Iriarte
  • She did not like country company; the rustical society and conversation annoyed her.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for rustical

rustic

/ˈrʌstɪk/
adjective
1.
of, characteristic of, or living in the country; rural
2.
having qualities ascribed to country life or people; simple; unsophisticated: rustic pleasures
3.
crude, awkward, or uncouth
4.
made of untrimmed branches: a rustic seat
5.
denoting or characteristic of a style of furniture popular in England in the 18th and 19th centuries, in which the legs and feet of chairs, tables, etc, were made to resemble roots, trunks, and branches of trees
6.
(of masonry) having a rusticated finish
noun
7.
a person who comes from or lives in the country
8.
an unsophisticated, simple, or clownish person from the country
9.
Also called rusticwork. brick or stone having a rough finish
Derived Forms
rustically, adverb
rusticity (rʌˈstɪsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French rustique, from Latin rūsticus, from rūs the country
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Word Origin and History for rustical

rustic

adj.

mid-15c., from Latin rusticus "of the country, rural; country-like, plain, simple, rough, coarse, awkward," from rus (genitive ruris) "open land, country" (see rural). Noun meaning "a country person, peasant" is from 1550s (also in classical Latin). Related: Rustical (early 15c.).

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