rudesby

n.

"insolent person," 1560s, mock surname from rude + -by, common place-name (and thus surname) ending element, e.g. Grimsby, Rigby. Similar formations in idlesby, sneaksby "paltry, sneaking fellow" (1570s), suresby.


Nearby words

  1. rude,
  2. rude awakening,
  3. rude, françois,
  4. rudely,
  5. ruderal,
  6. rudesheimer,
  7. rudiment,
  8. rudimentary,
  9. rudiments,
  10. rudish

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper