A Word A Day : Rustic

Monday, 3rd March 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective & Noun )

Pronunciation : rústik

Definition : Adjective

1. relating to, characteristic of or appropriate to the country or country living

2. lacking excessive refinement or elegance

3. made of rough wood especially branches with the bark left on them

4. (of stonework) having the surfaces rough or irregular and the joints sunken or beveled

Definition : Noun

1. somebody who lives in the country, especially somebody who is unsophisticated ( sometimes offensive )

2. construction : brick or stone with a rough finish

3. a person regarded as crude, coarse or simple

4. a rural person


15th century - Latin rusticus - rus - country, countryside


country, rural, crude, uncouth, Arcadian, agrarian, agricultural, artless, austere, bucolic, charming, countrified, homely, homespun, homey, honest, natural, outland, pastoral, picturesque, plain, pleasing, primitive, provincial, simple, sylvan, unaffected, unpolished, unrefined, unsophisticated, verdant, boor, idyll

• A boar is a male pig.

• A boor is a person with rude, clumsy manners and little refinement.

• A bore is one that is wearingly dull, repetitive, or tedious.

Idle means not in action or at work.

Idyll means a simple descriptive work either in poetry or prose dealing with simple, rustic life or a lighthearted carefree episode or experience.

Idyllic means excellent and delightful in all respects.


city, town, urban, cultured, sophisticated, adorned, extravagant, luxurious

Contextual Examples:

• Our family stays in a rustic cabin during the summer.

• The egregious rustic put to death A bull by stopping of its breath

• The rustic driver stupefied and aghast stood looking at the wagon and did nothing but utter loud cries to Hercules to come and help him.

• Life in the log cabin was too rustic for Leah. She missed hot showers, cold beer and electricity.

• We enjoyed the rustic scenery as we traveled through the countryside.

Related Words:

rustically : Adverb

rusticity : Noun

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