\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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In a language with distinct forms depending on whom is being addressed, Bush’s informal reference struck many in Seoul as shockingly rude. Joseph Hincks / Seoul, Time, "Translating Trump and Kim: Spare a Thought for the Interpreters at the June 12 Summit," 11 June 2018 Other markets have had a rude awakening to risk in 2018. Richard Barley, WSJ, "The Market That Still Believes in Global Growth," 12 June 2018 Anyone who thinks that the transition from a white majority to a minority majority will be gradual is going to be in for a rude awakening. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems didn't learn the lesson from West Virginia," 2 May 2018 After rising to the top of the wide receiver position in Green Bay, Nelson is in for a rude awakening in year one with Derek Carr. Michael Beller,, "Fantasy Football 2018 Busts: Will Leonard Fournette, Kareem Hunt Meet Expectations?," 3 July 2018 This anti-snobbery was, of course, very rude and certainly a kind of snobbery in itself. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Anthony Bourdain Understood About Authenticity," 12 June 2018 In the early 2000s, he was known for being rude and aggressive to co-workers and media and his career was dogged by allegations of bad behavior. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "Reformed Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan sentenced to 5 years prison for poaching antelope," 5 Apr. 2018 In a number of those workshops promiscuity takes place in the most rude and horrible ways. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Outside the Limits of the Human Imagination," 27 Mar. 2018 Mr Trump was horribly rude to Justin Trudeau after the G7 gathering last week. The Economist, "The rising cost of America First," 14 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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Phrases Related to rude

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rude awakening

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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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