What is the opposite of smooth?

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Adjective
Opposite of having an even surface with no roughness, bumps, or holes
“The rough surface is strictly for aesthetic purposes and not to be trodden upon.”
Adjective
Opposite of having a glossy finish
“They are made with two pieces of rubber compound, glued together to form a hollow sphere and buffed to a matte finish.”
Adjective
Opposite of free from interruptions or stoppages
“His reluctance to commit himself to one genre has undoubtedly been a contributing factor to his stop-start success.”
Adjective
Opposite of without obstructions or difficulties
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“Going on holidays with children can be both an exciting and fraught prospect.”
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Opposite of polite, elegant, and sophisticated in manner
“He was said to be boorish, unmannerly, argumentative, moody and addicted to reading, of all things.”
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Opposite of not harsh in taste
“Saffron has a spicy, pungent, bitter taste and a tenacious odor, so only a very small amount is needed to give flavor and color.”
Adjective
(of voice or tone) Opposite of sweet or melodious to the ear
“Occasionally, I can hear the raucous squawk of a seagull in search of a discarded fish supper.”
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(of a body of water) Opposite of placid and undisturbed
“On that fateful morning, there was a cool breeze blowing across the bay and the water was choppy and chilly.”
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(of a mixture) Opposite of free from lumps
“After several attempts of mixing and folding the cake mixture, it was still lumpy and inconsistent.”
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Opposite of clean-shaven
“I see a thin, bearded guy wearing a thick turtleneck sweater, spooning coffee into a mug in his small flat, scowling at the newspaper.”
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Opposite of not feeling, showing, or affected by anxiety or problems
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Opposite of excessive in obsequious praise or flattery
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(of a material or fabric) Opposite of having a smooth texture that is gentle to the sense of touch
“After receiving a vision, he abandoned his wealth, and traveled around in a rough garment to preach repentance.”
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Opposite of moving gracefully with ease
“According to the coach, his awkward kicking style can be fixed with time and practice.”
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Opposite of smooth, clear, and shiny, like glass
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Opposite of having or being a slippery surface
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Opposite of fluent and easy, often in an insincere or deceptive way
Adjective
Opposite of proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with very harmful effects
Adjective
Opposite of having a smooth, unbroken surface
“It turns an almost square sectioned furrow and leaves a more broken surface finish.”
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Opposite of showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters, sometimes with guile
“He beat me down on the price. He got a bargain from a naive schoolboy and I still resent him now for that.”
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Opposite of not blocked
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Opposite of having or being a slippery surface
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Opposite of smooth in manner
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Opposite of which attempts to bring oneself into the favour of another, often with flattery or insincerity
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Opposite of resembling cream in consistency
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Opposite of not physically obstructed
“If we do not complete roadworks by early morning, the usual free flow of traffic will be obstructed.”
Adjective
Opposite of simple, well-defined, and pleasing in shape
“The structure's design exudes a breath of complexity, using intricate lines and elaborate forms.”
Adjective
(slang) Opposite of smart in appearance
“Even the youngish people around me seemed untowardly geeky and uncool like their mothers had dressed them all.”
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Opposite of talkative or loquacious
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Resembling or covered in fleece
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Opposite of flat
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Opposite of seamless or smooth
Adjective
Opposite of without a break in continuity
Verb
Opposite of to free from breaks, curves, or bumps
“Equipment like discs and harrows can be used to roughen the texture of the soil on a slope.”
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Opposite of to hasten or facilitate the progress of
“They deliberately complicate matters in order to break the spirit of their customers who have the nerve to complain.”
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(smooth over) Opposite of to resolve, or work towards resolving an issue or conflict
“The Council urges all parties to exert restraint and refrain from taking any action which might exacerbate the situation.”
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Opposite of to make smooth or glossy by applying surface pressure
“If you use gentle, non-abrasive cleaning agents, it will not scratch the finish of your car.”
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Opposite of to make shiny by applying a glossy substance to
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Opposite of to hasten the progress of or make easier
“Disruptive tactics were deliberately used to hinder the process of coming to an agreement.”
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Opposite of to make or give a flat and even surface to
“As I shoved it into my bag, I had to be especially careful not to crumple the sheet of paper that had all my science notes on it.”
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Opposite of to spend time improving one's appearance, often in front of a mirror
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Opposite of to make smooth, glossy or shiny by rubbing, cleaning, or grinding
“Using spray waxes or polishes on a surface will just dull the shine.”
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Opposite of to flatten (something) by passing a roller over it or by passing it between rollers
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Opposite of make uniform in application or effect
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