- in a raw or unprepared state; unrefined or natural: crude sugar.
- lacking in intellectual subtlety, perceptivity, etc.; rudimentary; undeveloped.
- lacking finish, polish, or completeness: a crude summary.
- lacking culture, refinement, tact, etc.: crude behavior.
- undisguised; blunt: a crude answer.
- Obsolete. unripe; not mature.
Origin of crude
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Examples from the Web for crudely
She was also crudely nicknamed “La Boule” in a reference to the ball and chain.Sight Unseen: Cézanne’s Mysterious Wife
November 19, 2014
Edwards crudely framed the state of play in the South as a matter of race, sexual orientation, and class; in other words, culture.The 2014 Election Is Yet Another Scrum in the Culture Wars
October 27, 2014
Though the Hamas footage is likely genuine, the drone and its weapons appear to be little more than crudely built toys.‘Killer Drone’ Is a Lousy Hamas Fake
July 14, 2014
However, a GOP operative who supports these laws may well be crudely pragmatic rather than bigoted.Is Romney a Race Baiter?
August 29, 2012
Ann Coulter put it most crudely on Tuesday, telling Sean Hannity, “Our blacks are so much better than their blacks.”The Right's Absurd Cain Race Card
November 1, 2011
Their religion, to him, seemed such a crudely selfish affair.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
True, it was crudely conceived and expressed, at this period; but he will improve with time.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
I'm in love with Gino—don't pass it off—I mean it crudely—you know what I mean.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
She was amazing in a sort of unsubtle way; crudely amazing—I thought.Chance
In the beginning, their sensations were crudely formulative.The Genius
Margaret Horton Potter
- lacking taste, tact, or refinement; vulgara crude joke
- in a natural or unrefined state
- lacking care, knowledge, or skilla crude sketch
- (prenominal) stark; bluntthe crude facts
- (of statistical data) unclassified or unanalysed
- archaic unripe
- short for crude oil
Word Origin and History for crudely
late 14c., "in a raw state," from Latin crudus "rough; not cooked, raw, bloody," from PIE *krue-do-, from PIE *kreue- (1) "raw flesh" (see raw). Meaning "lacking grace" is first attested 1640s. Related: Crudely; crudeness. Crude oil is from 1865.