- 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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Examples from the Web for rudely
When it comes to the outside world that has intruded so rudely on his pet domestic projects, he just.No Drama Obama's Israel Ambivalence
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To keep from falling into the trap of rudely translating my opinions from the old country, I tried to do my homework….Who Gets To Talk About Israel?
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December 7, 2012
(The precocious student was later to be rudely ejected from Oxford for having contraceptives in his college room).Terry Eagleton’s Book Bag: 5 Favorite Works of Literary Criticism
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"B: "I am not the kind of girl who should be rudely barging in on a white veil occasion.Who Said It: Taylor Swift vs. Jane Austen
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This scene was rudely disturbed by the view of petrochemical plants and refineries in the background.BP Leaves Immigrants High and Dry
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Viviette followed him, but he turned on her rudely and thrust her back.Viviette
William J. Locke
Much against my liking, I assure you, said my brother, rudely interrupting her.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
But they repulsed him rudely, and treated his suggestion with contempt.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
"Give them to me," he snapped, rudely snatching the bundle of documents from her hand.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
And this apparently has been your reward—to be rudely shut out at last.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
- 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 rudely
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.