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difference between rough and choppy sea

Discussion in 'English Only' started by tigerduck, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. tigerduck Senior Member

    Switzerland
    German / Switzerland
    Hello

    Is there a difference between rough sea and choppy sea?

    Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    They can mean the same; I'd say that "rough" is more general and can be far more violent than "choppy." Choppy seas could be described as rough, but some conditions that could be described as rough would be too violent to describe as merely choppy.
     
  3. ewie

    ewie Senior Member

    This septic isle!
    NW Englandish English
    Hello TD ~ I'd say a rough sea is a bit rougher than a choppy one. You might expect to see choppy sea in breezy-to-fairly-windy weather, rough sea in windy-to-very-windy weather.
     
  4. panjandrum

    panjandrum PongoMod

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    A choppy sea has lots and lots of short, shallow waves.
    It is caused by a strong wind, often blowing against the tide. The short shallow waves are likely to be broken at the crest by the wind.

    A rough sea has longer and deeper waves.

    Out in a small boat on a choppy sea you will get wet from the spray; on a rough sea you will be going up and down so much you won't notice the spray ;)

    (It's all a bit subjective.)
     
  5. tigerduck Senior Member

    Switzerland
    German / Switzerland
    Thank you for your answers. They are very helpful and much appreciated.
     
  6. kittytee New Member

    italian
    and what it the contrary of rough sea?
     
  7. panjandrum

    panjandrum PongoMod

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    What is the opposite of rough sea? I think that "calm sea" is the opposite of rough sea.
     
  8. kittytee New Member

    italian

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