from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Crudely indecent.
- adj. Deficient in taste, delicacy, or refinement.
- adj. Marked by a lack of good breeding; boorish. See Synonyms at common.
- adj. Offensively excessive in self-display or expenditure; ostentatious: the huge vulgar houses and cars of the newly rich.
- adj. Spoken by or expressed in language spoken by the common people; vernacular: the technical and vulgar names for an animal species.
- adj. Of or associated with the great masses of people; common.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Debased, uncouth, distasteful, obscene.
- adj. Having to do with ordinary, common people.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the mass, or multitude, of people; common; general; ordinary; public; hence, in general use; vernacular.
- adj. 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.
- adj. Hence, lacking cultivation or refinement; rustic; boorish; also, offensive to good taste or refined feelings; low; coarse; mean; base.
- n. One of the common people; a vulgar person.
- n. The vernacular, or common language.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the common people; suited to or practised among the multitude; plebeian: as, vulgar life; vulgar sports.
- Common; in general use; customary; usual; ordinary.
- Hence, national; vernacular: as, the vulgar tongue; the vulgar version of the Scriptures; in zoology and botany, specifically, vernacular or trivial, as opposed to scientific or technical, in the names or naming of plants and animals. See pseudonym, 2.
- Pertaining or belonging to the lower or less refined class of people: unrefined; hence, coarse; offensive to good taste; rude; boorish; low; mean; base: as, vulgar men, language, minds, or manners.
- Synonyms and Ordinary, etc. See common.
- Rustic, low-bred.
- n. A vulgar person; one of the common people: used only in the plural.
- n. The vernacular tongue or common language of a country.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
- adj. being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language
- adj. of or associated with the great masses of people
- adj. lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
Middle English, from Latin vulgāris, from vulgus, the common people.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Latin vulgāris, from volgus, vulgus ("mob; common folk"), from Proto-Indo-European *wl̥k- (compare Welsh gwala ("plenty, sufficiency"), Ancient Greek ἁλία (halia, "assembly") εἰλέω (eileō, " to compress"), Old Church Slavonic вєликъ (velikŭ, "great"). (Wiktionary)