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adjective,crud·er, crud·est.
  1. in a raw or unprepared state; unrefined or natural: crude sugar.

  2. lacking in intellectual subtlety, perceptivity, etc.; rudimentary; undeveloped.

  1. lacking finish, polish, or completeness: a crude summary.

  2. lacking culture, refinement, tact, etc.: crude behavior.

  3. undisguised; blunt: a crude answer.

  4. Obsolete. unripe; not mature.


Origin of crude

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin crūdus “uncooked, raw, bleeding, rough,” akin to cruor “blood from a wound”; see raw

synonym study For crude

1. See raw.

Other words for crude

Opposites for crude

Other words from crude

  • crude·ly, adverb
  • crude·ness, noun
  • un·crude·, adjective
  • un·crude·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use crude in a sentence

  • It was more like a huge bird-nest than anything else, though it was a thousand times cruder in the weaving than any bird-nest.

    Before Adam | Jack London
  • A crude Constitutionalism, or a still cruder Republicanism, were preached by almost all writers of the time.

  • By this method he is able to omit all mention of the cruder features of the Gospel story.

    Flowers of Freethought | George W. Foote
  • Quade's machine was much cruder and less efficient than the sphere David Guinness had designed.

British Dictionary definitions for crude


/ (kruːd) /

  1. lacking taste, tact, or refinement; vulgar: a crude joke

  2. in a natural or unrefined state

  1. lacking care, knowledge, or skill: a crude sketch

  2. (prenominal) stark; blunt: the crude facts

  3. (of statistical data) unclassified or unanalysed

  4. archaic unripe

  1. short for crude oil

Origin of crude

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

Derived forms of crude

  • crudely, adverb
  • crudity or crudeness, noun

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