adjective, rud·er, rud·est.

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

Synonym study

1, 3. See boorish. 6. See raw. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rudest

Contemporary Examples of rudest

Historical Examples of rudest

  • His weapons and tools were of the rudest description, and made of chipped flint.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • You see, with the exception of myself, Mr. Trenton is about the rudest man in England.

  • It should be understood that the accommodations were of the rudest character.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock

  • It also will be found to begin with its rudest forms and gradually to grow better.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • Their weapons were of the rudest sort,—axes and bows and arrows.

British Dictionary definitions for rudest



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
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 rudest



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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