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rude

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adjective \ˈrüd\

Simple Definition of rude

  • : 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

rud·errud·est

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  lacking refinement or delicacy: a :  ignorant, unlearned b :  inelegant, uncouth c :  offensive in manner or action :  discourteous d :  uncivilized, savage e :  coarse, vulgar

  3. 3 :  marked by or suggestive of lack of training or skill :  inexperienced <rude workmanship>

  4. 4 :  robust, sturdy <in rude health>

  5. 5 :  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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