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

  2. without culture, learning, or refinement: rude, illiterate peasants.

  1. rough in manners or behavior; unmannerly; uncouth.

  2. rough, harsh, or ungentle: rude hands.

  3. roughly wrought, built, or formed; of a crude construction or kind: a rude cottage.

  4. not properly or fully developed; raw; unevolved: a rude first stage of development.

  5. harsh to the ear: rude sounds.

  6. without artistic elegance; of a primitive simplicity: a rude design.

  7. violent or tempestuous, as the waves.

  8. robust, sturdy, or vigorous: rude strength.

  9. approximate or tentative: a rude first calculation of costs.

Origin of rude

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

synonym study For rude

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

Other words for rude

Other words from rude

  • rudely, adverb
  • rudeness, 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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[ ryd ]

  1. Fran·çois [frahn-swa], /frɑ̃ˈswa/, 1784–1855, French sculptor. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rude in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rude


/ (ruːd) /

  1. insulting or uncivil; discourteous; impolite: he was rude about her hairstyle

  2. lacking refinement; coarse or uncouth

  1. vulgar or obscene: a rude joke

  2. unexpected and unpleasant: a rude awakening to the facts of economic life

  3. roughly or crudely made: we made a rude shelter on the island

  4. rough or harsh in sound, appearance, or behaviour

  5. humble or lowly

  6. (prenominal) robust or sturdy: in rude health

  7. (prenominal) approximate or imprecise: a rude estimate

Origin of rude

C14: via Old French from Latin rudis coarse, unformed

Derived forms of rude

  • rudely, adverb
  • rudeness or informal rudery, noun

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