Which definition of rough to choose? Could you tell me the correct definition that concords with the context of the definition of shack?

Shack - a roughly built hut or cabin

  • Rough - not finished decoratively
  • Rough - not finished tidily
  • Rough - lacking sophistication
  • Rough - make uneven or ruffled
  • Rough - lacking refinement
  • for building, we say shoddily built or poorly built or jerry-built not roughly. [also, goes with, not concords//concordar=goes with, or matches or agrees (for speaking).]
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 2, 2020 at 15:09
  • The first or the second one sounds appropriate. Commented Nov 2, 2020 at 15:18
  • @DhanishthaGhosh No, they don't work at all. A shack is a shack. To rough out a building means to build the basic structure but nothing else. And shacks are not relevant to "finishing decoratively".
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 2, 2020 at 15:20
  • Yes I agree @Lambie It doesn't sound very correct.. I have never seen what a shack is, but judging by the pictures in Google, it seems like it is incompletely built or poorly built. However, I must say, that this is the definition given on Google (referring to your first comment). Commented Nov 2, 2020 at 15:24
  • @Lambie the definition comes from the Oxford dictionary and it's using roughly built to define a shack.
    – Juan
    Commented Nov 2, 2020 at 15:29

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In this context, I would say it incorporates elements of all but one of those definitions:

  • not finished decoratively
  • not finished tidily
  • lacking sophistication
  • make uneven or ruffled
  • lacking refinement

As the context appears to be a definition of the word "shack" it seems safe to assume it does not mean unfinished in the sense of being "incomplete". "Finished" can also mean decorated or furnished when applied to a building.

A "shack" is usually something deliberately built in a simple way - lacking refinement, which could incorporate a lack of decor or finishing of surfaces.

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