- discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way: a rude reply.
- without culture, learning, or refinement: rude, illiterate peasants.
- rough in manners or behavior; unmannerly; uncouth.
- rough, harsh, or ungentle: rude hands.
- roughly wrought, built, or formed; of a crude construction or kind: a rude cottage.
- not properly or fully developed; raw; unevolved: a rude first stage of development.
- harsh to the ear: rude sounds.
- without artistic elegance; of a primitive simplicity: a rude design.
- violent or tempestuous, as the waves.
- robust, sturdy, or vigorous: rude strength.
- approximate or tentative: a rude first calculation of costs.
Origin of rude
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Examples from the Web for rudeness
I knew the rudeness I was committing, but still I rose and left the church.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
To Andrew, it would appear, rudeness is a way of life — whether you are high-born or from below stairs.The Daily Mail Catalogues The Many Failings of "Spoilt Oaf" Prince Andrew
September 10, 2013
And "just to walk a few blocks requires barging your way through a melee of noise and rudeness and madness."New Yorkers: Your Advice Is Needed!
The Daily Beast
October 11, 2012
Moreover, not all of the identified "rudeness" is actually rude; it's just different customs.Are Americans Really So Rude?
October 3, 2012
The Daily Pic: The great Bruce Nauman doubles-down on rudeness, and defeats it.Offensiveness, Defanged
April 6, 2012
Trenton was amazed at the rudeness of this reply, and his face flushed with anger.One Day's Courtship
I laughed, for I did not care to show myself offended with her rudeness.Wilfrid Cumbermede
The rudeness of your whole behaviour this evening has been disgraceful.Barnaby Rudge
Her unparallel'd rudeness shall not compel me to leave the house, till I please.The Politician Out-Witted
I hope, Theodorus, that I am not betrayed into rudeness by my love of conversation?Theaetetus
- insulting or uncivil; discourteous; impolitehe was rude about her hairstyle
- lacking refinement; coarse or uncouth
- vulgar or obscenea rude joke
- unexpected and unpleasanta rude awakening to the facts of economic life
- roughly or crudely madewe made a rude shelter on the island
- rough or harsh in sound, appearance, or behaviour
- humble or lowly
- (prenominal) robust or sturdyin rude health
- (prenominal) approximate or imprecisea rude estimate
Word Origin and History for rudeness
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.