rudeness

noun
rude·​ness | \ ˈrüd-nəs How to pronounce rudeness (audio) \

Definition of rudeness

1 : the quality or state of being rude
2 : a rude action

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of rudeness in a Sentence

such rudeness will not be tolerated in this office the rudeness of frontier life gradually diminished with time
Recent Examples on the Web This does not excuse your nieces’ rudeness toward you. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Wife says COVID means NO contact," 12 Oct. 2020 This does not excuse your nieces' rudeness toward you. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Lonely husband gets no physical interaction due to COVID," 11 Oct. 2020 This does not excuse your nieces' rudeness toward you. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Wife says COVID means NO contact," 9 Oct. 2020 This was patriotism disguised as rudeness, a vigorous call for actual law and order. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "This crowd of RBG fans showed Trump what law and order really sounds like," 25 Sep. 2020 Never supply a rationale or excuse for someone else’s rudeness. Move on. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Widower, new to dating, left waiting by the phone," 15 Aug. 2020 Peggy is offended by the rudeness, while the blonde (like the viewer) seems more bewildered than upset and barely bothers to get a word out in her own defense. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Is Million Dollar Beach House the new Selling Sunset? (Spoiler: It's not)," 3 Sep. 2020 Never supply a rationale or excuse for someone else’s rudeness. Move on. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Widower, new to dating, left waiting by the phone," 15 Aug. 2020 Depending on the child, that simple disagreement may manifest itself in rudeness, aggressiveness or even downright hostility. David Lyman, The Enquirer, "Your kids play video games all day and don't wanna stop. What do you do during a pandemic?," 28 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rudeness.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of rudeness

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rudeness

Time Traveler for rudeness

Time Traveler

The first known use of rudeness was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for rudeness

Last Updated

23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rudeness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rudeness. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on rudeness

What made you want to look up rudeness? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Here Be Dragons: A Creature Identification Quiz

  • monster werewolf photo
  • Which is a synonym of werewolf?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!