• IPA: /ˈɹʌstɪk/


  1. Country-styled or pastoral; rural.
    • She had a rustic, woodland air.
    • late 1700s — Robert Burns, Behold, My Love, How Green the Groves
      The Princely revel may survey
      Our rustic dance wi' scorn.
    • 1818 — Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus Ch. I
      With his permission my mother prevailed on her rustic guardians to yield their charge to her. They were fond of the sweet orphan. Her presence had seemed a blessing to them, but it would be unfair to her to keep her in poverty and want when Providence afforded her such powerful protection.
    • 1820 — Washington Irving, Rural Life in England in The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon
      To this mingling of cultivated and rustic society may also be attributed the rural feeling that runs through British literature.
  2. Unfinished or roughly finished.
    rustic manners
  3. Crude, rough.
    rustic country where the sheep and cattle roamed freely
  4. Simple; artless; unaffected.
Translations Translations Noun

rustic (plural rustics)

  1. A (sometimes unsophisticated) person from a rural area.
    • 1901, Edmund Selous, Bird Watching, p. 226
      The cause of these stampedes was generally undiscoverable; but sometimes, when the birds stayed some time down on the water, the figure of a rustic would at length appear, walking behind a hedge, along a path bounding the little meadow.
    • 1906, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Nigel, Ch IX
      The King looked at the motionless figure, at the little crowd of hushed expectant rustics beyond the bridge, and finally at the face of Chandos, which shone with amusement.
    • 1927-29, Mahatma Gandhi, An Autobiography or The Story of my Experiments with Truth, Part V, The Stain of Indigo, translated 1940 by Mahadev Desai
      Thus this ignorant, unsophisticated but resolute agriculturist captured me. So early in 1917, we left Calcutta for Champaran, looking just like fellow rustics.
  2. A noctuoid moth.
  3. Any of various nymphalid butterflies having brown and orange wings, especially Cupha erymanthis.

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