\ ˈrüd How to pronounce rude (audio) \
ruder; rudest

Definition of rude

1a : being in a rough or unfinished state : crude
b : natural, raw rude cotton
c : primitive, undeveloped peasants use rude wooden plows— Jack Raymond
2 : lacking refinement or delicacy:
c : offensive in manner or action : discourteous
e : coarse, vulgar
3 : marked by or suggestive of lack of training or skill : inexperienced rude workmanship
4 : robust, sturdy in rude health
5 : occurring abruptly and disconcertingly a rude awakening

Other Words from rude

rudely adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of rude in a Sentence

I was shocked by her rude behavior. I can't believe that he was so rude to me. I heard someone make a rude noise.
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First Known Use of rude

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rude

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin rudis; probably akin to Latin rudus rubble

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20 May 2022

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“Rude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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\ ˈrüd How to pronounce rude (audio) \
ruder; rudest

Kids Definition of rude

1 : impolite rude remarks
2 : not refined or cultured
3 : roughly made a rude shelter

Other Words from rude

rudely adverb
rudeness noun

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