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rude

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adjective, rud·er, rud·est.
  1. discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way: a rude reply.
  2. without culture, learning, or refinement: rude, illiterate peasants.
  3. rough in manners or behavior; unmannerly; uncouth.
  4. rough, harsh, or ungentle: rude hands.
  5. roughly wrought, built, or formed; of a crude construction or kind: a rude cottage.
  6. not properly or fully developed; raw; unevolved: a rude first stage of development.
  7. harsh to the ear: rude sounds.
  8. without artistic elegance; of a primitive simplicity: a rude design.
  9. violent or tempestuous, as the waves.
  10. robust, sturdy, or vigorous: rude strength.
  11. approximate or tentative: a rude first calculation of costs.

Origin of rude

1300–50; Middle English rude, ruide (< Old French) < Latin rudis
Related formsrude·ly, adverbrude·ness, nouno·ver·rude, adjectiveo·ver·rude·ly, adverbo·ver·rude·ness, nounun·rude, adjectiveun·rude·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. uncivil, unmannerly, curt, brusque, impertinent, impudent, saucy, pert, fresh. 2. unrefined, uncultured, uncivilized, uncouth, coarse, vulgar, rough. 8. rustic, artless. 9. stormy, fierce, tumultuous, turbulent.

Synonym study

1, 3. See boorish. 6. See raw.
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  • Viviette followed him, but he turned on her rudely and thrust her back.

    Viviette

    William J. Locke

  • Much against my liking, I assure you, said my brother, rudely interrupting her.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • But they repulsed him rudely, and treated his suggestion with contempt.

  • "Give them to me," he snapped, rudely snatching the bundle of documents from her hand.

  • And this apparently has been your reward—to be rudely shut out at last.

    Bride of the Mistletoe

    James Lane Allen


British Dictionary definitions for rudely

rude

adjective
  1. insulting or uncivil; discourteous; impolitehe was rude about her hairstyle
  2. lacking refinement; coarse or uncouth
  3. vulgar or obscenea rude joke
  4. unexpected and unpleasanta rude awakening to the facts of economic life
  5. roughly or crudely madewe made a rude shelter on the island
  6. rough or harsh in sound, appearance, or behaviour
  7. humble or lowly
  8. (prenominal) robust or sturdyin rude health
  9. (prenominal) approximate or imprecisea rude estimate
Derived Formsrudely, adverbrudeness or informal rudery, noun

Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Latin rudis coarse, unformed
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Word Origin and History for rudely

adv.

mid-14c., from rude (adj.) + -ly (2).

rude

adj.

late 13c., "coarse, rough" (of surfaces), from Old French ruide (13c.) or directly from Latin rudis "rough, crude, unlearned," perhaps related to rudus "rubble." Sense of "ill-mannered, uncultured; uneducated, uncultured" is from mid-14c. Rude boy (also rudie, for short) in Jamaican slang is attested from 1967. Figurative phrase rude awakening is attested from 1895.

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