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
It was rude of her to ask for thanks, but then, you already knew that she was new to good behavior.Miss Manners: Do the right thing, even though neighbor is in the wrong | Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin | November 30, 2020 | Washington Post
I know it's not an easy trip, but her mom has gone on five-plus-hour plane rides before, so this comes across to me as rude.Carolyn Hax: She’s tired of being a tongue-biter around a backbiter | Carolyn Hax | November 22, 2020 | Washington Post
So approach this knowing that they are not being intentionally rude.Miss Manners: People at home acting as though they’re at home | Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
In the current climate, it would hardly be considered rude or even noteworthy.Miss Manners: The coded language of flowers is mostly forgotten | Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
There has, however, been new gains in spending from those advertisers in rude health, like loungewear.
A genuine show of celebrity rudeness, followed by an insincere PR performance?An Analysis of Vitalii Sediuk’s Pranks (He’s the Guy Who Touched Brad Pitt) | Amy Zimmerman | May 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I knew the rudeness I was committing, but still I rose and left the church.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show | Robert W. Chambers | February 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To Andrew, it would appear, rudeness is a way of life — whether you are high-born or from below stairs.The Daily Mail Catalogues The Many Failings of "Spoilt Oaf" Prince Andrew | Tom Sykes | September 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
And "just to walk a few blocks requires barging your way through a melee of noise and rudeness and madness."
Moreover, not all of the identified "rudeness" is actually rude; it's just different customs.
"I wonder if she has ever tried to condense rudeness into an epigram," said Isabel viciously, pausing in her narrative.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
A vulgar fellow treated him with rudeness, and for days he treasured up the man's words, and repeated them to himself.
Even in the same scene, time will alter every form, and render the exquisite polish of last year, obsolete rudeness next year.
Many will be shamed into apology, who would annoy you for hours, if you encouraged them by acts of rudeness on your own part.
Never, upon any account, or under any provocation, return rudeness by rudeness.
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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