\ 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
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 The pandemic has given some businesses a rude awakening about their dependence on China. Nilesh Patel, Fortune, "COVID proves that companies need to reduce their dependence on China," 11 Sep. 2020 There must have been a fear of seeming rude, followed by — and for an elderly male presidential candidate, maybe this would have been worse — a fear of seeming wimpy. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "Joe Biden’s very manly campaign," 11 Sep. 2020 And to continue the unlikely compliments, Dorinda really is the least offensive she's been all season for most of this episode, excluding a few rude comments at Leah's party. Jodi Walker, EW.com, "The Real Housewives of New York City," 28 Aug. 2020 Founded in 2006 by aerospace engineer Neal Saiki and based in Silicon Valley, Zero Motorcycles started with small and rude machines—lightweight dirt bikes and supermotards (for dirt and asphalt racing). Dan Neil, WSJ, "Zero SR/S: This Whisper-Quiet Electric Motorcycle Won’t Spook the Deer," 28 Aug. 2020 Part of that washout included the rude return of Mike Conley, who marked the arrival of a newborn son earlier this week and followed it with the brutal clubbing of the poor, poor, pitiful Nuggets. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: The Utah Jazz are killing the Denver Nuggets, and the Nuggets know it," 22 Aug. 2020 In the place of the rude mechanics of democracy, Democrats wrote the story of one man, on a hero’s journey, to mend the soul of the nation. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Joe Biden Has Found His Big Idea," 20 Aug. 2020 Panzer, who manages more than 600 units across the city, said the past few months have been a rude awakening. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "SF tenants seeing one benefit of lockdown — landlords willing to reduce rent," 19 Aug. 2020 The resurgence of the virus in the Seoul region was a rude awakening for a country that had been eager to tout its gains against the virus. Lori Hinnant And Andrew Meldrum, Star Tribune, "Returning vacationers face new constraints as virus spikes," 17 Aug. 2020

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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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16 Sep 2020

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“Rude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rude. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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