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.
- 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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How to use rude in a sentence
The protesters were asked to leave “after they removed their masks and became disruptive and rude to other shoppers,” she said.Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider does not approve of anti-maskers using ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ | radmarya | September 17, 2020 | Fortune
The pandemic has given some businesses a rude awakening about their dependence on China.COVID proves that companies need to reduce their dependence on China | matthewheimer | September 11, 2020 | 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.‘We don’t have the burden of traditional media’: Confessions of an upstart agency holding group MD | Seb Joseph | September 7, 2020 | 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.SDPD Is Punishing Speech Using a 102-Year-Old City Law | Kate Nucci | August 3, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
So my question is a very rude one, and I ask your forgiveness in advance.5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing (Ep. 334 Rebroadcast) | Stephen J. Dubner | January 9, 2020 | Freakonomics
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 | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.Sex, Blood, and Screaming: Blackout’s Dark Frights | Tim Teeman | October 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Smoking, the angry and fuming king protests, had made our manners as rude as those of the fish-wives of Dieppe.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
There appears a rude attempt to picture the mouth cavity and to show those interesting accessories, the teeth.Children's Ways | James Sully
Many of them however are of rude workmanship and might have been fashioned by some of the tribe unacquainted with pipe-making.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
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.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
British Dictionary definitions for rude
insulting or uncivil; discourteous; impolite: he was rude about her hairstyle
lacking refinement; coarse or uncouth
vulgar or obscene: a rude joke
unexpected and unpleasant: a rude awakening to the facts of economic life
roughly or crudely made: we made a rude shelter on the island
rough or harsh in sound, appearance, or behaviour
humble or lowly
(prenominal) robust or sturdy: in rude health
(prenominal) approximate or imprecise: a rude estimate
- rudely, adverb
- rudeness or informal rudery, noun
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