rude

adjective \ ˈrüd \

Definition of rude

ruder; rudest
1 a :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
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

rudely

adverb

Examples of rude in a Sentence

  1. I was shocked by her rude behavior.

  2. I can't believe that he was so rude to me.

  3. I heard someone make a rude noise.

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Origin and Etymology of rude

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

Synonym Discussion of 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


RUDE Defined for English Language Learners

rude

adjective

Definition of rude for English Language Learners

  • : 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


RUDE Defined for Kids

rude

adjective \ ˈrüd \

Definition of rude for Students

ruder; rudest
1 :impolite
  • rude remarks
2 :not refined or cultured
3 :roughly made
  • a rude shelter

rudely

adverb

rudeness

noun


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