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adjective, crass·er, crass·est.
  1. without refinement, delicacy, or sensitivity; gross; obtuse; stupid: crass commercialism; a crass misrepresentation of the facts.
  2. Archaic. thick; coarse.
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Origin of crass

1535–45; (< Middle French) < Latin crassus thick, dense, fat, heavy
Related formscrass·ly, adverbcrass·ness, noun


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1. dull, boorish, oafish, indelicate.
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  • In order to apply the severest test the query should be a crassly foolish one.


    W. H. Koebel

  • It was strange that hitherto he should have been so crassly blind.


    S. R. Crockett

  • He says she is too crassly material to appreciate his knowledge of chemistry.

    I Walked in Arden

    Jack Crawford

  • It represented the legal ethics of a society on most of its sides brutally and crassly individualistic.

  • Even scientific men are sometimes as crassly incredulous as the uncultured masses.

    Mythical Monsters

    Charles Gould

British Dictionary definitions for crassly


  1. stupid; gross
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Derived Formscrassly, adverbcrassness or crassitude, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin crassus thick, dense, gross
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Word Origin and History for crassly



1540s, from Middle French crasse (16c.), from Latin crassus "solid, thick, fat; dense." The literal sense always has been rare in English; meaning "grossly stupid" is recorded from 1650s, from French. Related: Crassly; crassness.

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