When you think of the word rustic, think of the rural country. This word can be given a positive or a negative spin depending on how you use it; a rustic inn, for example, might be quaint or it might be virtually uninhabitable.

The words rustic and "rural" spring from the same ancient root: *rur-, which means "open space" in the hypothetical ancestor language Proto-Indo-European. In early usage, these two words were used interchangeably, but now, rural is used to describe locations –- "rural community," "rural location" — while rustic refers to the unrefined qualities associated with country life. The best antonym is cosmopolitan, which implies the sophistication and worldliness of city life.

Definitions of rustic
  1. adjective
    characteristic of rural life
    rustic awkwardness”
    synonyms: countrified, countryfied
    living in or characteristic of farming or country life
  2. adjective
    characteristic of the fields or country
    rustic stone walls”
    synonyms: agrestic
    living in or characteristic of farming or country life
  3. adjective
    awkwardly simple and provincial
    rustic farmers”
    synonyms: bumpkinly, hick, unsophisticated
    characteristic of the provinces or their people
  4. noun
    an unsophisticated country person
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    (Greek mythology) a simple countryman who offered hospitality to Zeus and Hermes when they came to earth without revealing their identities in order to test people's piety
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    an eccentric or undignified rustic
    countryman, ruralist
    a man who lives in the country and has country ways
    a woman who lives in the country and has country ways
    bushwhacker, hillbilly
    a disparaging term for an unsophisticated person
    bucolic, peasant, provincial
    a country person
    a poor White person in the southern United States
    woodman, woodsman
    someone who lives in the woods
    bumpkin, chawbacon, hayseed, hick, rube, yahoo, yokel
    a person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture
    cottar, cotter
    a peasant farmer in the Scottish Highlands
    moujik, mujik, muzhik, muzjik
    a Russian peasant (especially prior to 1917)
    type of:
    common man, common person, commoner
    a person who holds no title
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