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adjective, rud·er, rud·est.
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.
OTHER WORDS FOR rude
1 uncivil, unmannerly, curt, brusque, impertinent, impudent, saucy, pert, fresh.
2 unrefined, uncultured, uncivilized, uncouth, coarse, vulgar, rough.
9 stormy, fierce, tumultuous, turbulent.
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Origin of rude
1300–50; Middle English rude, ruide (<Old French ) <Latin rudis
OTHER WORDS FROM rude
rudely, adverbrudeness, nouno·ver·rude, adjectiveo·ver·rude·ly, adverb
o·ver·rude·ness, nounun·rude, adjectiveun·rude·ly, adverb
Other definitions for rude (2 of 2)
[ ryd ]
/ rüd /
Fran·çois [frahn-swa], /frɑ̃ˈswa/, 1784–1855, French sculptor.
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How to use rude in a sentence
She remained the dirtiest, rudest deflater of celebrity egos and vanity in Hollywood.Joan Rivers: Our Last Interview|Tim Teeman|September 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The wheel used here is the clumsiest and rudest I ever saw, and the potter is obliged to sit sideways by it.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil|Maria Graham
The castle is one of the gloomiest and rudest in the Kingdom, and was largely built of Roman bricks.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
Here let us remark, that the rudest defects do not prevent a mechanism from working well or ill.Toilers of the Sea|Victor Hugo
While he was warmly clad, the Indian was exposed almost naked to the rudest blasts of winter.A short history of Rhode Island|George Washington Greene
The arch was evidently, when first built, of the plainest and rudest construction.Rollo on the Rhine|Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for rude
/ (ruːd) /
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 forms of ruderudely, adverbrudeness or informal rudery, noun
Word Origin for rude
C14: via Old French from Latin rudis coarse, unformed
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