rustic

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From Latin rūsticus.

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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.
    • (Can we find and add a quotation of Alexander Pope to this entry?)
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, The Celebrity:
      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 (sometimes unsophisticated) person from a rural area.

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