• WordNet 3.6
    • adj rustic awkwardly simple and provincial "bumpkinly country boys","rustic farmers","a hick town","the nightlife of Montmartre awed the unsophisticated tourists"
    • adj rustic characteristic of the fields or country "agrestic simplicity","rustic stone walls"
    • adj rustic characteristic of rural life "countrified clothes","rustic awkwardness"
    • n rustic an unsophisticated country person
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Rustic Rustic
Rustic and Crafty Birds Rustic and Crafty Birds

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rustic A rural person having a natural simplicity of character or manners; an artless, unaffected person.
    • Rustic An inhabitant of the country, especially one who is rude, coarse, or dull; a clown. "Hence to your fields, you rustics ! hence, away."
    • Rustic Coarse; plain; simple; as, a rustic entertainment; rustic dress.
    • Rustic Of or pertaining to the country; rural; as, the rustic gods of antiquity. "Rustic lays.""And many a holy text around she strews,
      That teach the rustic moralist to die."
      "She had a rustic , woodland air."
    • Rustic Rude; awkward; rough; unpolished; as, rustic manners. "A rustic muse."
    • Rustic Simple; artless; unadorned; unaffected.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rustic Of or belonging to the country or to country people; characteristic of rural life; hence, plain; homely; inartificial; countrified: as, rustic fare; rustic garb.
    • rustic Living in the country; rural, as opposed to town-bred; hence, unsophisticated; artless; simple; sometimes in a depreciatory sense, rude; awkward; boorish.
    • rustic Made of rustic work, especially in wood. See rustic work, below.
    • rustic In anc. Latin manuscript, noting letters of one of the two oldest forms, the other being the square. The rustic letters are as accurately formed as the square or lapidary letters, but are lighter and more slender, with the horizontal strokes more or less oblique and curved. These letters, being easier to form, were more generally used than the square in Roman manuscripts from the first to the fifth century, at which time both forms were generally superseded by the uncial writing.
    • rustic In woodwork, summer-houses, garden furniture, etc., made from rough limbs and roots of trees arranged in fanciful forms.
    • rustic Synonyms and Pastoral, Bucolic, etc. See rural.
    • rustic Countrified.
    • n rustic One who lives in the country; a countryman; a peasant; in a contemptuous use, a clown or boor.
    • n rustic Rustic work.
    • n rustic In ceramics, a ground picked with a sharp point so as to have the surface roughened with hollows having sharp edges, sometimes waved, as if imitating slag.
    • n rustic In entomology, a noctuid or rustic moth: as, the northern rustic, Agrotis lucernea; the unarmed rustic, A. inermis.
    • rustic Noting a peculiar form or style of lumber with lapping edges, much used in place of clapboards for covering the exteriors of buildings and also used to some extent as a material for the ceilings and interior walls of frame houses. The commonest form consists of a board, usually about six inches in width, which is finished with a beveled edge so constructed as to lap over the lower edge of the board just above. The lower edge is finished with a bevel also, beyond which projects a short tongue, over which the upper bevel of the next lower board is to lap.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Rustic rus′tik pertaining to the country: rural: rude: awkward: simple: coarse: artless: unadorned: made of rustic-work
    • n Rustic a peasant: a clown: a noctuoid moth
    • v.i Rustic to live in the country
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  • Confucius
    “When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature then we the pedant.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. rusticus, fr. rus, ruris, the country: cf. F. rustique,. See Rural


In literature:

The garden has lovely places in which to sit, so we went out there and took the rustic bench in the shade of the cypress hedge.
"The Other Side of the Door" by Lucia Chamberlain
So he had taken the morning off from his own business, to lay the foundation for the rustic stairway.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
A little parcel of glebe and a few vines, tended by honest rustics, were his.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
Audrey is only rustic.
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
A rustic summer house in such a place would be an incongruity.
"Woodward's Country Homes" by George E. Woodward
Not far from the inn was a grove of trees, and in it a rustic seat or two.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
The rustic owed all he had to the benevolence of the Febrer family, and now in these hard times he forgot his kind masters.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
He dropped his arm on the back of the rustic seat.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
Gaily garbed maidens of the village and stalwart rustics filled the courtyard of the convent.
"Folk-lore and Legends: German" by Anonymous
It was Elias, well disguised by his salakot and rustic costume.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal

In poetry:

Oh, I would live in a dairy,
And its Colin I would be,
And many a rustic fairy
Should churn the milk with me.
"Soli Cantare Periti Arcades" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Above the well a little nook
Once held, as rustics tell,
All garland-decked, an image of
The Lady of the Well.
"Trehill Well" by Charles Kingsley
There little ELLEN you might see,
The modest rustic belle;
In maidenly simplicity,
She loved her BERNARD well.
"First Love" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Another, too, who bears a part
In all this rustic life—
True woman of a daughter's heart,
Who art as true a wife.
"Connelbush" by Alexander Anderson
Then, when next the star of evening
Softly sheds the silent dew,
Let me in this rustic temple,
LISSY ! meet the Muse and you.
"Verses Written In An Alcove" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
To whom I grow
A thing to hate! — thou takest flight
On wings of love to — who is she?
A rustic wench whose garments flow
About her heels ungracefully!
"To Atthis The Inconstant" by Sappho

In news:

The sophomore honored a personal tradition with her work at a rustic, all-girls camp.
PHOTOS BY KATHY ANDERSON / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE From outside, Michell Gaudet's and Erica Larkin's home appears as rustic as many camps along Bayou Sauvage .
The new burger spot near the original Farmers Market offers well-executed comfort food and a full bar in a relaxed, rustic setting, and it's open late to boot.
This dessert is an artful, rustic creation made with homemade whipped cream, fresh strawberries, and a warm biscuit.
Matthew's Episcopal Church retains rustic beauty.
Bainbridge Island was once a rustic hippie retreat.
Rustic photos from old fishing trips.
Rustic Italian Picnic Basket Set for Four.
Also within reasonable distance is Gators Riverside Grille (4255 Peninsula Point, Sanford), another rustic bar and eatery next to the Osteen Bridge, just south of Lake Monroe on the St Johns.
In a setting of polished rustication, guests dine beneath a silo clad in woven birch wood.
Chicken-fried steak, other hearty classics served in a rustic atmosphere.
Where to take a bike tour, dine, and go rustic at a market.
The contrast between modern and older or rustic and sleek enhances both.
Rustic minimalism may be the preferred aesthetic at trendy L.A.
The steps that lead to our finished basement appear to have been rather rustically homemade.

In science:

Computer algebra in Java has many advantages over implementations in more rustic languages such as Lisp or C, and was shown to be reasonably fast compared to them [11, 12, 13].
Symbolic Script Programming for Java