adjective \ˈrüd\

: not having or showing concern or respect for the rights and feelings of other people : not polite

: relating to sex or other body functions in a way that offends others

: happening suddenly in usually an unpleasant or shocking way


Full Definition of RUDE

a :  being in a rough or unfinished state :  crude
b :  natural, raw <rude cotton>
c :  primitive, undeveloped <peasants use rude wooden plows — Jack Raymond>
d :  simple, elemental
:  lacking refinement or delicacy:
a :  ignorant, unlearned
b :  inelegant, uncouth
c :  offensive in manner or action :  discourteous
d :  uncivilized, savage
e :  coarse, vulgar
:  marked by or suggestive of lack of training or skill :  inexperienced <rude workmanship>
:  robust, sturdy <in rude health>
:  occurring abruptly and disconcertingly <a rude awakening>
rude·ly adverb

Examples of RUDE

  1. I was shocked by her rude behavior.
  2. I can't believe that he was so rude to me.
  3. I heard someone make a rude noise.

Origin of RUDE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin rudis; probably akin to Latin rudus rubble
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of RUDE

rude, rough, crude, raw mean lacking in social refinement. rude implies ignorance of or indifference to good form; it may suggest intentional discourtesy <rude behavior>. rough is likely to stress lack of polish and gentleness <rough manners>. crude may apply to thought or behavior limited to the gross, the obvious, or the primitive <a crude joke>. raw suggests being untested, inexperienced, or unfinished <turning raw youths into polished performers>.


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