Rus"tic (?), a. [L. rusticus, fr. rus, ruris, the country: cf. F. rustique. See Rural.]

1.

Of or pertaining to the country; rural; as, the rustic gods of antiquity.

Milton.

And many a holy text around she strews,
That teach the rustic moralist to die.
Gray.

She had a rustic, woodland air.
Wordsworth.

2.

Rude; awkward; rough; unpolished; as, rustic manners.

"A rustic muse."

Spenser.

3.

Coarse; plain; simple; as, a rustic entertainment; rustic dress.

4.

Simple; artless; unadorned; unaffected.

Pope.

Rustic moth Zool., any moth belonging to Agrotis and allied genera. Their larvae are called cutworms. See Cutworm. -- Rustic work. (a) Arch. Cut stone facing which has the joints worked with grooves or channels, the face of each block projecting beyond the joint, so that the joints are very conspicuous. (b) Arch. & Woodwork Summer houses, or furniture for summer houses, etc., made of rough limbs of trees fancifully arranged.

Syn. -- Rural; rude; unpolished; inelegant; untaught; artless; honest. See Rural.

 

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Rus"tic, n.

1.

An inhabitant of the country, especially one who is rude, coarse, or dull; a clown.

Hence to your fields, you rustics! hence, away.
Pope.

2.

A rural person having a natural simplicity of character or manners; an artless, unaffected person.

[Poetic]

 

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