- 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 rudest
She remained the dirtiest, rudest deflater of celebrity egos and vanity in Hollywood.Joan Rivers: Our Last Interview
September 4, 2014
His weapons and tools were of the rudest description, and made of chipped flint.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
You see, with the exception of myself, Mr. Trenton is about the rudest man in England.One Day's Courtship
It should be understood that the accommodations were of the rudest character.War from the Inside
Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
It also will be found to begin with its rudest forms and gradually to grow better.History of Religion
Their weapons were of the rudest sort,—axes and bows and arrows.The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa
Paul Barron Watson
- 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 rudest
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.