adjective, rud·er, rud·est.

Nearby words

  1. ruddleman,
  2. ruddock,
  3. ruddy,
  4. ruddy duck,
  5. ruddy turnstone,
  6. rude awakening,
  7. rude, françois,
  8. rudely,
  9. ruderal,
  10. rudesby

Origin of rude

1300–50; Middle English rude, ruide (< Old French) < Latin rudis

Related forms

Synonym study

1, 3. See boorish. 6. See raw.




Fran·çois [frahn-swa] /frɑ̃ˈswa/, 1784–1855, French sculptor. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rude

British Dictionary definitions for rude



insulting or uncivil; discourteous; impolitehe was rude about her hairstyle
lacking refinement; coarse or uncouth
vulgar or obscenea rude joke
unexpected and unpleasanta rude awakening to the facts of economic life
roughly or crudely madewe made a rude shelter on the island
rough or harsh in sound, appearance, or behaviour
humble or lowly
(prenominal) robust or sturdyin rude health
(prenominal) approximate or imprecisea rude estimate
Derived Formsrudely, adverbrudeness or informal rudery, noun

Word Origin for rude

C14: via Old French from Latin rudis coarse, unformed

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Word Origin and History for rude



late 13c., "coarse, rough" (of surfaces), from Old French ruide (13c.) or directly from Latin rudis "rough, crude, unlearned," perhaps related to rudus "rubble." Sense of "ill-mannered, uncultured; uneducated, uncultured" is from mid-14c. Rude boy (also rudie, for short) in Jamaican slang is attested from 1967. Figurative phrase rude awakening is attested from 1895.

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