ruder; rudest
: being in a rough or unfinished state : crude
: natural, raw
rude cotton
: primitive, undeveloped
peasants use rude wooden plowsJack Raymond
: lacking refinement or delicacy:
: offensive in manner or action : discourteous
: 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
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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of rude was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


ruder; rudest
: not refined or cultured
: being sudden and forceful
a rude awakening
: being in a rough or unfinished state : roughly made
rudely adverb
rudeness noun

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