\ 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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Brenda Song plays a woman who’s in for a rude — and perhaps violent — awakening in the first trailer for Netflix’s upcoming thriller Secret Obsession. Joey Nolfi,, "Brenda Song battles creepy stalker in Secret Obsession trailer," 8 July 2019 But the performance gap, whatever its size, is persistent enough to raise rude questions. Scott Burns, Dallas News, "Couch Potato investing beats the teachers' pension fund — again," 22 June 2019 Only 51% of Americans approve of his performance on the economy, despite its rude health—and the economy is easily his strongest measure. The Economist, "Donald Trump launches his re-election campaign," 20 June 2019 But Colorado found an ingenious way to deal with the rude rocks and, in the process, offered a useful philosophical lesson for humanity. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "A giant boulder in Colorado offers a philosophical lesson for all of us," 8 June 2019 Leaving your AirPods in while ordering at Starbucks is rude, because the barista at the counter is owed some common courtesy. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Case for Wearing AirPods All the Time," 5 June 2019 Much was made during the campaign of Mr. Bolsonaro’s history of rude comments about women and minorities and about his pledge to use an iron fist to fight crime in poor neighborhoods. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Bolsonaro Takes Brazil," 28 Oct. 2018 That ends up just being a rushed over-the-shirt back rub, but everyone still complains this is a rude move. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelor Season 23, Episode 2 Recap: Is Demi This Season's Villain?," 14 Jan. 2019 To avoid being lumped in with generic or rude Furby content on the platform, the true Furby fans on Tumblr label their posts with #furbyfandom. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Every Furby gets a home," 21 Dec. 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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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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