1. The unpolished, imperfect, or unkempt parts of something that is otherwise generally able or ready for use or action. This video still has some rough edges, but it's pretty close to what we want the finished product to look like. This old truck's got some rough edges, but it's still the most reliable vehicle I've owned.
2. A lack of refinement, sophistication, manners, etc. The workers on the oil rig have some rough edges, but they're good men, every single one of them.
1. If a person has rough edges, they have small faults in their personality, especially in the way that they deal with other people. The school has a reputation for smoothing the rough edges of its pupils. Note: You can also use rough-edged to describe a person with small faults. He was rough-edged, like a lot of self-made men.
2. If a performance or piece of entertainment has rough edges, it has small faults that mean it is not perfect. The show, despite some rough edges, was an instant success. Weller's singing may have a few rough edges but his fans say that's part of the attraction. Note: You can also talk about a rough-edged performer, performance, or piece of entertainment. She was untutored, rough-edged, but the audiences adored her. Their rough-edged guitar music has become a regular fixture on the college circuit.