vulgar

[vuhl-ger]
adjective
1.
characterized by ignorance of or lack of good breeding or taste: vulgar ostentation.
2.
indecent; obscene; lewd: a vulgar work; a vulgar gesture.
3.
crude; coarse; unrefined: a vulgar peasant.
4.
of, pertaining to, or constituting the ordinary people in a society: the vulgar masses.
5.
current; popular; common: a vulgar success; vulgar beliefs.
6.
spoken by, or being in the language spoken by, the people generally; vernacular: vulgar tongue.
7.
lacking in distinction, aesthetic value, or charm; banal; ordinary: a vulgar painting.
noun
8.
Archaic. the common people.
9.
Obsolete. the vernacular.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin vulgāris, equivalent to vulg(us) the general public + -āris -ar1

vulgarly, adverb
vulgarness, noun
unvulgar, adjective
unvulgarly, adverb
unvulgarness, noun


1. unrefined, inelegant, low, coarse, ribald. See common. 3. boorish, rude. 6. colloquial.


Terms that are labeled Vulgar in this dictionary are considered inappropriate in many circumstances because of their association with a taboo subject. Major taboo subjects in English-speaking countries are sex and excretion and the parts of the body associated with those functions.
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vulgar (ˈvʌlɡə)
 
adj
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
 a.  of, relating to, or current among the great mass of common people, in contrast to the educated, cultured, or privileged; ordinary
 b.  (as collective noun; preceded by the): the vulgar
 
[C14: from Latin vulgāris belonging to the multitude, from vulgus the common people]
 
'vulgarly
 
adv

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vulgar
1391, "common, ordinary," from L. vulgaris "of or pertaining to the common people, common, vulgar," from vulgus "the common people, multitude, crowd, throng," from PIE base *wel- "to crowd, throng" (cf. Skt. vargah "division, group," Gk. eilein "to press, throng," M.Bret. gwal'ch "abundance," Welsh gwala
"sufficiency, enough"). Meaning "coarse, low, ill-bred" is first recorded 1643, probably from earlier use (with reference to people) with meaning "belonging to the ordinary class" (1530). Vulgarian "rich person of vulgar manners" is recorded from 1804.
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Example sentences
Words that are vulgar or offensive, or refer to unsavory topics.
As common today as it is, vulgar language has been around since the evolution
  of language.
But he is too creative and original a thinker to be surrendered to the vulgar
  stereotypes of his enemies.
Despite their vulgar display, their beckoning rainbow of color, they are barren.
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