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See also: rústic


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From Latin rūsticus. Doublet of roister.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹʌstɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌstɪk


rustic (comparative more rustic, superlative most rustic)

  1. Country-styled or pastoral; rural.
  2. Unfinished or roughly finished.
    rustic manners
  3. Crude, rough.
    rustic country where the sheep and cattle roamed freely
  4. Simple; artless; unaffected.
    • 1704, Alexander Pope, A Discourse on Pastoral Poetry:
      the manners not too polite nor too rustic
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter VIII, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
      Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet: or anon we shot into a clearing, with a colored glimpse of the lake and its curving shore far below us.

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rustic (plural rustics)

  1. a rural person.
    • 1901, Edmund Selous, Bird Watching, p. 226:
      The cause of these stampedes was generally undiscoverable; but sometimes, when the birds stayed some time down on the water, the figure of a rustic would at length appear, walking behind a hedge, along a path bounding the little meadow.
    • 1906, Arthur Conan Doyle, chapter IX, in Sir Nigel:
      The King looked at the motionless figure, at the little crowd of hushed expectant rustics beyond the bridge, and finally at the face of Chandos, which shone with amusement.
  2. an unsophisticated or uncultured person
  3. a noctuoid moth.
  4. any of various nymphalid butterflies having brown and orange wings, especially Cupha erymanthis.





Borrowed from French rustique, from Latin rusticus.


rustic m or n (feminine singular rustică, masculine plural rustici, feminine and neuter plural rustice)

  1. rustic