adjective, crud·er, crud·est.


Origin of crude

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin crūdus uncooked, raw, bleeding, rough, akin to cruor blood from a wound; see raw
Related formscrude·ly, adverbcrude·ness, nounun·crude, adjectiveun·crude·ly, adverbun·crude·ness, noun

Synonyms for crude

Synonym study

1. See raw.

Antonyms for crude

1, 4. refined. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crudely

Contemporary Examples of crudely

Historical Examples of crudely

  • Their religion, to him, seemed such a crudely selfish affair.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • True, it was crudely conceived and expressed, at this period; but he will improve with time.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel

  • I'm in love with Gino—don't pass it off—I mean it crudely—you know what I mean.

  • She was amazing in a sort of unsubtle way; crudely amazing—I thought.


    Joseph Conrad

  • In the beginning, their sensations were crudely formulative.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

British Dictionary definitions for crudely



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 crudely



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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