rude

adjective
\ 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

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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And on Friday, Bethesda gave those version's holders a rude awakening: the company completely delisted those Xbox 360 versions. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Classic Doom games vanish, reappear on Xbox One with features missing [Updated]," 26 July 2019 Don't take it personally and overreact if someone seems rude or pushy. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 18, 2019: Happy birthday to actress Kim Dickens; Libra, help others by staying calm," 18 June 2019 Of course, Holliday mentions that people who leave rude messages on her Instagram posts haven’t made achieving her new goals any easier. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Tess Holliday Reveals She's Been Called Out for Changing Her Body—Here's Why She Thinks That's Ridiculous," 22 July 2019 For anyone who’s spent hours of their lives stuck on the phone with an unhelpful or downright rude customer service agent, Cogito may seem like a godsend. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "This AI Software Is 'Coaching' Customer Service Workers. Soon It Could Be Bossing You Around, Too," 8 July 2019 Sam is brash, rude, crass, and the show is unapologetically physical. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Pamela Adlon's Better Things Is Back and Better Than Ever," 27 Feb. 2019 Hybrids, BEVs, PHEVs, and even a FCEV Previous SlideNext Slide These are the vehicles that most interest us here at Ars—and many of you, too, judging by the (often unnecessarily rude) comments in some of the discussion threads. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2018 Cars Technica cars and SUVs of the year," 30 Dec. 2018 But Momoa’s Arthur Curry, in Warner Bros.’s vision, is ruder, saltier, more physical, and more tattooed than his comic book counterpart. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Aquaman goes for broke and lands somewhere between overstuffed marine opera and cheesy comic book fun," 11 Dec. 2018 Being too much of a Chatty Cathy can be an annoyance, and people speak of rude, or worse—abusive—encounters with fellow passengers, too. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Talking to Someone on a Plane Can Change Your Life," 5 Oct. 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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More Definitions for rude

rude

adjective

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

rude

adjective
\ 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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