1. One of the common people; a vulgar person. [Obs.]
These vile vulgars are extremely proud. --Chapman.
2. The vernacular, or common language. [Obs.]
1. Of or pertaining to the mass, or multitude, of people; common; general; ordinary; public; hence, in general use; vernacular. “As common as any the most vulgar thing to sense. ”
Things vulgar, and well-weighed, scarce worth the praise. --Milton.
It might be more useful to the English reader . . . to write in our vulgar language. --Bp. Fell.
The mechanical process of multiplying books had brought the New Testament in the vulgar tongue within the reach of every class. --Bancroft.
2. Belonging or relating to the common people, as distinguished from the cultivated or educated; pertaining to common life; plebeian; not select or distinguished; hence, sometimes, of little or no value. “Like the vulgar sort of market men.”
Men who have passed all their time in low and vulgar life. --Addison.
In reading an account of a battle, we follow the hero with our whole attention, but seldom reflect on the
vulgar heaps of slaughter. --Rambler.
3. Hence, lacking cultivation or refinement; rustic; boorish; also, offensive to good taste or refined feelings; low; coarse; mean; base; as, vulgar men, minds, language, or manners.
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. --Shak.
Vulgar fraction. Arith. See under Fraction.
adj 1: lacking refinement or cultivation or taste; "he had coarse
manners but a first-rate mind"; "behavior that branded
him as common"; "an untutored and uncouth human
being"; "an uncouth soldier--a real tough guy";
"appealing to the vulgar taste for violence"; "the
vulgar display of the newly rich" [syn: coarse, common,
2: of or associated with the great masses of people; "the
common people in those days suffered greatly"; "behavior
that branded him as common"; "his square plebeian nose";
"a vulgar and objectionable person"; "the unwashed masses"
[syn: common, plebeian, unwashed]
3: being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday
language; "common parlance"; "a vernacular term";
"vernacular speakers"; "the vulgar tongue of the masses";
"the technical and vulgar names for an animal species"
[syn: common, vernacular]
4: conspicuously and tastelessly indecent; "coarse language";
"a crude joke"; "crude behavior"; "an earthy sense of
humor"; "a revoltingly gross expletive"; "a vulgar
gesture"; "full of language so vulgar it should have been
edited" [syn: coarse, crude, earthy, gross]