crude

adjective
\ˈkrüd \
cruder; crudest

Definition of crude 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : marked by the primitive, gross, or elemental or by uncultivated simplicity or vulgarity a crude stereotype crude tools crude jokes

2 : existing in a natural state and unaltered by cooking or processing crude oil crude ore

3 : rough or inexpert in plan or execution a crude shelter

4 : lacking a covering, glossing, or concealing element : obvious crude facts

5 : tabulated without being broken down into classes the crude death rate

6 archaic : unripe, immature

crude

noun

Definition of crude (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance in its natural unprocessed state especially : unrefined petroleum

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Other Words from crude

Adjective

crudely adverb
crudeness noun

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Adjective

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

Examples of crude in a Sentence

Adjective

They built a crude shelter out of branches. a crude summary of the country's history She first described the procedure in crude terms, and then went into more detail.
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Berg accounts for the difference by pointing out that credit scores are fairly crude, and only account for extreme situations like when a customer misses a payment. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Your Smartphone Could Decide Whether You'll Get a Loan," 8 May 2018 Mr Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminium turn out to be rather crude. The Economist, "A trade war between America and China takes shape," 7 Apr. 2018 Thenell said some of the comments are crude and explicit. Noelle Crombie, OregonLive.com, "New details emerge in case of former cop investigated for wife's porn site," 12 Feb. 2018 Both Trump’s spoken and electronic stream-of-consciousness venting can be unorthodox, crude and cruel, and often extraneous. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "A Year of Achievement," 7 Feb. 2018 Beijing is now sourcing crude oil from as far as West Africa. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Tanker Owners Cash In on Iran Sanctions and Trade Tensions," 12 Nov. 2018 The 163-mile pipeline would transport crude oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota and connect with the infamous Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) system to refineries in St. James Parish, Louisiana. Mary Lovell, Teen Vogue, "Bayou Bridge Pipeline Meets Resistance from the L’eau Est La Vie Camp," 16 Oct. 2018 The opening hours, though, showcase the ultimate incubator of crude creativity. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cover your ears: Over-the-Line evolves, but the raunchy team names remain," 14 July 2018 After the crude fashion equivalent of throwing up the middle finger? James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The cheerleader, if not the ringmaster, in this effort is President Trump, who took to Twitter on Wednesday to criticize OPEC for high crude prices. Clifford Krauss, New York Times, "United States, Saudi Arabia and Russia Find Agreement on Oil Policy," 13 June 2018 Mexico’s oil production has dropped 26 percent since 2013, largely due to lower international crude prices during that time frame, and Pemex, the national oil company now stripped of its monopoly status, has been floundering. Rob Nikolewski, sandiegouniontribune.com, "What happens to Mexico's energy reform — and Sempra — if the presidential front runner wins?," 31 May 2018 In fact, virtually the only person complaining about oil’s recent high is Donald Trump, who in a [recent] tweet ... said crude at current prices was ‘artificially Very High!’... Staff Editors, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump should not complain about oil at $75 a barrel, Why Russia’s anti-European propaganda matters, Is a military coup brewing on Iran’s horizon?, An Indonesian reminder to keep pushing gender parity, Culture is no excuse for unethical behavior," 5 May 2018 Abhishek Deshpande, head of oil research at J.P. Morgan, says such sanctions could raise average annual oil prices by about $10 a barrel (Brent crude has been trading near $75). The Economist, "Donald Trump is sending shockwaves through global commodities markets," 26 Apr. 2018 Light, sweet crude for January delivery rose 2.3% to $51.45 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, reversing losses after falling below $50 a barrel for the first time in almost 14 months. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Crude Oil Recovers After Dipping Below $50," 29 Nov. 2018 Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 1.9 percent to $66.73 a barrel in London. Alex Veiga, The Seattle Times, "Energy companies lead US stocks higher as oil prices rebound," 14 Nov. 2018 Three years ago, a tiny Denver company called Lilis Energy was, like many small oil and gas producers, teetering on the edge of bankruptcy as crude prices plunged. Jordan Blum, San Antonio Express-News, "Lilis may be an acquisition target," 13 July 2018 Colorado is a major fossil fuel producer, ranking 11th in coal, sixth in crude oil, and sixth in natural gas. Umair Irfan, Vox, "A major anti-fracking ballot measure in Colorado has failed," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of crude

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

circa 1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crude

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin crudus raw, crude, undigested — more at raw

Noun

see crude entry 1

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crude

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of crude

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very simple and basic : made or done in a way that does not show a lot of skill

: rude in a way that makes people uncomfortable; especially : talking about sexual matters in a rude way

: very simple and basic in a way that is true but not complete

crude

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crude (Entry 2 of 2)

: oil as it exists in the ground : petroleum that is not yet ready to be used as fuel

crude

adjective
\ˈkrüd \
cruder; crudest

Kids Definition of crude

1 : in a natural state and not changed by special treatment : raw crude oil crude sugar

2 : planned or done in a rough or unskilled way a crude drawing

3 : not having or showing good manners : vulgar crude language

Other Words from crude

crudely adverb
crudeness noun

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