Someone who's vulgar has bad taste, and could also be called unrefined or unsophisticated. Your snobby neighbor might mutter about your family's vulgar taste if you paint your house with hot pink stripes.

From the Latin vulgus, meaning "the common people," vulgar is an adjective that can describe anything from the sexually explicit to the merely ugly and crass. A crude joke could be considered vulgar, as could a breach of etiquette at a dinner party. Your dad might love the lights and glamour of Times Square, while your mom finds all the brightly colored corporate logos to be vulgar.

Definitions of vulgar

adj of or associated with the great masses of people

“a vulgar and objectionable person”
common, plebeian, unwashed
of humble birth or origins

adj being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language

“the vulgar tongue of the masses”
“the technical and vulgar names for an animal species”
common, vernacular
used of spoken and written language

adj lacking refinement or cultivation or taste

“appealing to the vulgar taste for violence”
“the vulgar display of the newly rich”
coarse, common, rough-cut, uncouth
(used of persons and their behavior) not refined; uncouth

adj conspicuously and tastelessly indecent

“a vulgar gesture”
“full of language so vulgar it should have been edited”
crude, earthy, gross
offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters

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