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 cruder

Contemporary Examples of cruder

Historical Examples of cruder

  • In the cruder form used in democracies there were two or more candidates.

  • There were even suggestions of the cruder forms of government.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • This cruder belief is more familiar in the folklore of Europe than the other.

    The Science of Fairy Tales

    Edwin Sidney Hartland

  • Had someone of cruder mold undertaken to discover her secret?

    The Gold Girl

    James B. Hendryx

  • They were of a cheaper, a slightly more sensual and cruder, grade.

    Sister Carrie

    Theodore Dreiser

British Dictionary definitions for cruder



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 cruder



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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