- 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 cruder
The politics of engineering do not get any cruder than that.The Big Idea: Can We Outsmart Climate Change?
July 19, 2013
And cruder devices certainly deepen the effect of a name; Caliban is a rough anagram of “cannibal,” and Cassio contains an “ass.”What’s in a Name? Writers and Their Anthroponymy
February 28, 2013
In the cruder form used in democracies there were two or more candidates.City of Endless Night
There were even suggestions of the cruder forms of government.College Teaching
This cruder belief is more familiar in the folklore of Europe than the other.The Science of Fairy Tales
Edwin Sidney Hartland
Had someone of cruder mold undertaken to discover her secret?The Gold Girl
James B. Hendryx
They were of a cheaper, a slightly more sensual and cruder, grade.Sister Carrie
- 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 cruder
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.