adjective, crud·er, crud·est.


Nearby words

  1. crucis,
  2. cruciverbalist,
  3. cruck,
  4. crud,
  5. cruddy,
  6. crude oil,
  7. crudely,
  8. cruden,
  9. crudites,
  10. crudity

Origin of crude

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin crūdus uncooked, raw, bleeding, rough, akin to cruor blood from a wound; see raw

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Synonym study

1. See raw. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crude

British Dictionary definitions for crude



lacking taste, tact, or refinement; vulgara crude joke
in a natural or unrefined state
lacking care, knowledge, or skilla crude sketch
(prenominal) stark; bluntthe crude facts
(of statistical data) unclassified or unanalysed
archaic unripe


short for crude oil
Derived Formscrudely, adverbcrudity or crudeness, noun

Word Origin for crude

C14: from Latin crūdus bloody, raw; related to Latin cruor blood

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Word Origin and History for crude



late 14c., "in a raw state," from Latin crudus "rough; not cooked, raw, bloody," from PIE *krue-do-, from PIE *kreue- (1) "raw flesh" (see raw). Meaning "lacking grace" is first attested 1640s. Related: Crudely; crudeness. Crude oil is from 1865.

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