- 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 ruder
The expert was the most famous natural philosopher in Italy, Father Ruder Boscovich.Benjamin Franklin, America’s First Storm Chaser
April 14, 2013
Nay, they seem rather to prefer the ruder and rougher forms of attack.Aurelian
We had been accustomed to the ruder scenes of a northern clime.The Rifle Rangers
Captain Mayne Reid
They have enabled the finer powers of women to have play as they could not in a ruder age.Backlog Studies
Charles Dudley Warner
I asked for them again, you know, when Jim died, and she was ruder than ever.Eve to the Rescue
The deeper they got into the cavern, the ruder became the ascent.The Freebooters
- 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 ruder
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.