- discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way: a rude reply.
- without culture, learning, or refinement: rude, illiterate peasants.
- rough in manners or behavior; unmannerly; uncouth.
- rough, harsh, or ungentle: rude hands.
- roughly wrought, built, or formed; of a crude construction or kind: a rude cottage.
- not properly or fully developed; raw; unevolved: a rude first stage of development.
- harsh to the ear: rude sounds.
- without artistic elegance; of a primitive simplicity: a rude design.
- violent or tempestuous, as the waves.
- robust, sturdy, or vigorous: rude strength.
- approximate or tentative: a rude first calculation of costs.
Origin of rude
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- Fran·çois [frahn-swa] /frɑ̃ˈswa/, 1784–1855, French sculptor.
Examples from the Web for rude
But below the surfaces of many of his films, rude, angry sex simmered; cool, icy blondes were tied up, handcuffed, humiliated.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
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.Why Your Waiter Hates You
October 26, 2014
The rude coat-check lady gives you a mask to wear over your face, and then you are sent down some stairs.Sex, Blood, and Screaming: Blackout’s Dark Frights
October 7, 2014
Apparently, Minaj received a slew of offensive tweets and rude Instagram comments in response to the racy image.Beyoncé’s ‘Flawless’ Lyrics Tease Her Elevator Drama with Jay Z
August 5, 2014
Though it would be nice if they could do it without being peppered by a bunch of rude questions from Larry King.Anna Paquin’s Bisexuality for Dummies
August 5, 2014
The works of Dædalus are described by Pausanias as rude and uncomely in aspect.
He was not rude in words, but oh, so different from the oily people who sold me the things.
Cheppi never was so rude to me again after you frightened him that day.Rico and Wiseli
He was rude to you, too; he never even noticed that you were in the room, after I came.
The village was picturesque, in the variety of its edifices, though all were rude.The Village Uncle (From "Twice Told Tales")
- 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
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.