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rude

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adjective, rud·er, rud·est.

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ruddleman, ruddock, ruddy, ruddy duck, ruddy turnstone, rude, rude awakening, rude, françois, rudely, ruderal, rudesby

Origin of rude

1300–50; Middle English rude, ruide (< Old French) < Latin rudis
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1, 3. See boorish. 6. See raw.
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British Dictionary definitions for rudeness

rude

/ (ruːd) /

adjective

Derived Formsrudely, adverbrudeness or informal rudery, noun

Word Origin for rude

C14: via Old French from Latin rudis coarse, unformed
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Word Origin and History for rudeness

rude


adj.

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.

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