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

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

4. Simple; artless; unadorned; unaffected. Rustic moth Summer houses, or furniture for summer houses, etc, made of rough limbs of trees fancifully arranged.

Synonyms: Rural, rude, unpolished, inelegant, untaught, artless, honest. See Rural.

Origin: L. Rusticus, fr. Rus, ruris, the country: cf. F. Rustique. See Rural.

(01 Mar 1998)

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