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adjective, rud·er, rud·est.
  1. discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way: a rude reply.
  2. without culture, learning, or refinement: rude, illiterate peasants.
  3. rough in manners or behavior; unmannerly; uncouth.
  4. rough, harsh, or ungentle: rude hands.
  5. roughly wrought, built, or formed; of a crude construction or kind: a rude cottage.
  6. not properly or fully developed; raw; unevolved: a rude first stage of development.
  7. harsh to the ear: rude sounds.
  8. without artistic elegance; of a primitive simplicity: a rude design.
  9. violent or tempestuous, as the waves.
  10. robust, sturdy, or vigorous: rude strength.
  11. approximate or tentative: a rude first calculation of costs.
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Origin of rude

1300–50; Middle English rude, ruide (< Old French) < Latin rudis
Related formsrude·ly, adverbrude·ness, nouno·ver·rude, adjectiveo·ver·rude·ly, adverbo·ver·rude·ness, nounun·rude, adjectiveun·rude·ly, adverb

Synonyms for rude

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1, 3. See boorish. 6. See raw.
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Related Words for ruder

boorish, insulting, abusive, vulgar, impolite, obscene, ignorant, coarse, surly, crude, intrusive, blunt, violent, unpleasant, harsh, uncivil, abrupt, barbarian, barbaric, barbarous

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Contemporary Examples of ruder

Historical Examples of ruder

  • Nay, they seem rather to prefer the ruder and rougher forms of attack.


    William Ware

  • We had been accustomed to the ruder scenes of a northern clime.

    The Rifle Rangers

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • They have enabled the finer powers of women to have play as they could not in a ruder age.

    Backlog Studies

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • I asked for them again, you know, when Jim died, and she was ruder than ever.

    Eve to the Rescue

    Ethel Hueston

  • The deeper they got into the cavern, the ruder became the ascent.

    The Freebooters

    Gustave Aimard

British Dictionary definitions for ruder


  1. insulting or uncivil; discourteous; impolitehe was rude about her hairstyle
  2. lacking refinement; coarse or uncouth
  3. vulgar or obscenea rude joke
  4. unexpected and unpleasanta rude awakening to the facts of economic life
  5. roughly or crudely madewe made a rude shelter on the island
  6. rough or harsh in sound, appearance, or behaviour
  7. humble or lowly
  8. (prenominal) robust or sturdyin rude health
  9. (prenominal) approximate or imprecisea rude estimate
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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 ruder



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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