\ˈrüd \
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

d : simple, elemental

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 : 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

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Other Words from rude

rudely adverb

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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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Having a phone conversation while sitting in the dining area is rude to not only the person sharing your table, but the rest of the restaurant's guests as well. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Why the Staff at Fancy Restaurants Wish You Would Put Your Phone Away," 27 Aug. 2018 This cheesy party favorite is actually pretty rude. Kat Bein, Billboard, "10 Songs About Dogs," 4 June 2018 Friend drank water and ate her casserole the whole night while MIL cried to everyone that friend was so rude for not eating her cooking. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "5 Insane Stories of Family Drama Ruining Weddings," 14 May 2018 Criticizing somebody for being rude while they are being harassed and threatened is a poor prioritization and a red herring. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Two Riot Games employees depart after defending a women-only PAX West event to League players," 7 Sep. 2018 Unfortunately, the night proves eventful: Leaving his tent momentarily (right after proposing to Brie, which seems rather rude), Matt is viciously attacked by some savage creature. Dennis Harvey,, "'Feral' review: Lost campers, a mysterious hermit and second-rate zombies," 31 May 2018 Isaac was a jerk who hit Janine in the jaw with his rifle butt, was rude to June and Rita, had somewhat more lines of dialogue than Boba Fett and was somewhat less compelling. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 12 Recap: 15 Reactions to 'Postpartum'," 4 July 2018 Police say the man was loitering inside Cheapside Cafe for nearly four hours and was being rude to staff and customers. Amber Jayanth,, "Cincinnati Police Department releases body cam video after police called on homeless man in restaurant," 21 June 2018 Trey, for instance, is rude to one of the servants. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: With ‘Skintight,’ Idina Menzel Takes On a Straight Play. Sort Of.," 21 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners 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


\ˈrüd \
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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