- in a raw or unprepared state; unrefined or natural: crude sugar.
- lacking in intellectual subtlety, perceptivity, etc.; rudimentary; undeveloped.
- lacking finish, polish, or completeness: a crude summary.
- lacking culture, refinement, tact, etc.: crude behavior.
- undisguised; blunt: a crude answer.
- Obsolete. unripe; not mature.
Origin of crude
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Examples from the Web for crudest
The typical trend is for writers and actors to default to the crudest element of what makes their show work, and lean on that.It’s OK to Like ‘The Big Bang Theory’
September 23, 2014
Martin had made not even the crudest attempt to welcome her.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
All of these items were made of wood and were of the crudest sort.
They glorified the crudest corner, and made our home like a nook in fairyland.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Millions have been taken out of its sand with the crudest devices.The Man from the Bitter Roots
The houses are the crudest huts, with no window and no roof.The Critic in the Orient
George Hamlin Fitch
- 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
Word Origin and History for crudest
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.