\ 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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Texas Tech got a rude awakening during the first week of the season when Houston quickly exposed the Red Raiders’ lack of team chemistry. Dallas News, "3 things that need to happen for Texas Tech to make a run in the NCAA Tournament: getting to the stripe is key for the Red Raiders’ success," 18 Jan. 2021 Everyone was so rude to us on the carpet, [and] at the show. Tomás Mier,, "Kelly Clarkson Thanks Jennifer Love Hewitt for Advice She Gave Her When People Were 'Mean' During Idol," 15 Jan. 2021 In the former, Schmidt rejects the comforts of a first-class airline lounge — the picture of luxury for a bridge-and-tunnel kid like him — once a stranger is rude to Cece. Ariana Romero,, "Cece & Schmidt Are New Girl’s Most Underrated Couple. The Holiday Episodes Are Proof," 21 Dec. 2020 Don’t be rude to your dining companion but do take a moment to pay attention to the experience. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Flavorful, exceptional culinary rhythm: Find it at Tabla Winter Park," 5 Nov. 2020 Also, the resident said the Mayfield Heights man was rude to his mother. John Benson, cleveland, "Ax-wielding resident won’t unlock used iPhone he sold to Mayfield Heights buyer: Seven Hills Police Blotter," 4 Nov. 2020 Was the experience as satisfying as standing on the curb with an Andygator in hand, watching the loud, rowdy, rude, parade pass by with a few thousand other KdV fans? Doug Maccash | Staff Writer,, "Did you do the nutty, naughty Krewe du Vieux stationary Mardi Gras 'parade' tour?," 31 Jan. 2021 The Mavericks needed a home awakening, but the one they — more specifically Tim Hardaway — received Monday night was of the rude variety. Dallas News, "Jamal Murray’s ejection awakened Tim Hardaway Jr., Mavs, but their rally was short-lived in loss to Nuggets," 26 Jan. 2021 Yesterday was a rude reminder that when temperatures are cold enough, inches don't matter. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Old Man Winter Pulls His Punch - Accumulating Snow This Weekend," 19 Jan. 2021

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

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25 Feb 2021

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“Rude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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