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[ rood ]


, rud·er, rud·est.
  1. discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way:

    a rude reply.

    Synonyms: fresh, pert, saucy, impudent, impertinent, brusque, curt, unmannerly, uncivil

  2. without culture, learning, or refinement:

    rude, illiterate peasants.

    Synonyms: uncultured, rough, vulgar, coarse, uncouth, uncivilized, unrefined

  3. rough in manners or behavior; unmannerly; uncouth.
  4. rough, harsh, or ungentle:

    rude hands.

  5. roughly wrought, built, or formed; of a crude construction or kind:

    a rude cottage.

  6. not properly or fully developed; raw; unevolved:

    a rude first stage of development.

  7. harsh to the ear:

    rude sounds.

  8. without artistic elegance; of a primitive simplicity:

    a rude design.

    Synonyms: artless, rustic

  9. violent or tempestuous, as the waves.

    Synonyms: stormy, turbulent, tumultuous, fierce

  10. robust, sturdy, or vigorous:

    rude strength.

  11. approximate or tentative:

    a rude first calculation of costs.



[ ryd ]


  1. Fran·çois [f, r, ah, n, -, swa], 1784–1855, French sculptor.


/ ruːd /


  1. insulting or uncivil; discourteous; impolite

    he was rude about her hairstyle

  2. lacking refinement; coarse or uncouth
  3. vulgar or obscene

    a rude joke

  4. unexpected and unpleasant

    a rude awakening to the facts of economic life

  5. roughly or crudely made

    we made a rude shelter on the island

  6. rough or harsh in sound, appearance, or behaviour
  7. humble or lowly
  8. prenominal robust or sturdy

    in rude health

  9. prenominal approximate or imprecise

    a rude estimate

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Derived Forms

  • ˈrudely, adverb
  • ˈrudeness, noun

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Other Words From

  • rudely adverb
  • rudeness noun
  • over·rude adjective
  • over·rudely adverb
  • over·rudeness noun
  • un·rude adjective
  • un·rudely adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rude1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English rude, ruide, from Old French, from Latin rudis

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rude1

C14: via Old French from Latin rudis coarse, unformed

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Synonym Study

See boorish. See raw.

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Example Sentences

The protesters were asked to leave “after they removed their masks and became disruptive and rude to other shoppers,” she said.

From Fortune

The pandemic has given some businesses a rude awakening about their dependence on China.

From Fortune

In the latest edition of our Confessions series, in which we exchange anonymity for candor, the managing director of one of those businesses explains why its agencies are in rude health.

From Digiday

When they’re citing this statute, or a disorderly conduct statute, what they’re really getting citations for is people being rude to cops in the eyes of a police officer.

So my question is a very rude one, and I ask your forgiveness in advance.

But below the surfaces of many of his films, rude, angry sex simmered; cool, icy blondes were tied up, handcuffed, humiliated.

At another press event earlier this year, she was asked a similar question to the “very rude” one.

Communist-era clerks were famously rude and indifferent, because they had no motive to make people happy.

But if I could live in an economy where everyone had the privilege to be rude rather than the obligation to fake it, I would.

The rude coat-check lady gives you a mask to wear over your face, and then you are sent down some stairs.

Smoking, the angry and fuming king protests, had made our manners as rude as those of the fish-wives of Dieppe.

There appears a rude attempt to picture the mouth cavity and to show those interesting accessories, the teeth.

Many of them however are of rude workmanship and might have been fashioned by some of the tribe unacquainted with pipe-making.

La saison estoit rude, & les vents le plus souvent contraires.

On the upper part of each of these posts was a rude carving of a hideous human face with prominent teeth.





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