crude

adjective
\ ˈkrüd How to pronounce crude (audio) \
cruder; crudest

Definition of crude

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : marked by the primitive, gross, or elemental or by uncultivated simplicity or vulgarity a crude stereotype crude tools crude jokes
2 : existing in a natural state and unaltered by cooking or processing crude oil crude ore
3 : rough or inexpert in plan or execution a crude shelter
4 : lacking a covering, glossing, or concealing element : obvious crude facts
5 : tabulated without being broken down into classes the crude death rate
6 archaic : unripe, immature

crude

noun

Definition of crude (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance in its natural unprocessed state especially : unrefined petroleum

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Other Words from crude

Adjective

crudely adverb
crudeness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for crude

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

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 crude in a Sentence

Adjective They built a crude shelter out of branches. a crude summary of the country's history She first described the procedure in crude terms, and then went into more detail.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The index measures goods at three stages of production: finished, intermediate and crude. Frank Holmes, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 The prisoners were outfitted with crude boots and thinly padded jackets—little defense against temperatures that regularly dipped to fifty degrees below zero. The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2021 Aluminum output declined for the fifth consecutive month and daily crude steel output hit the lowest level since 2018. NBC News, 18 Oct. 2021 The Douglas Engelbart version of 1968 was a crude wooden block on two wheels with three buttons. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 17 Oct. 2021 Rather than evoke the quirks of vineyard life, A Good Year sets up a crude choice between his cold life back in London or an earthly paradise full of wine and beautiful women. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 15 Oct. 2021 By portraying the Baron as obese, greedy, genocidal, and gay, Herbert was trying to contrast him with the kinder, gentler, and decidedly heterosexual Duke Leto, thereby misleading readers into expecting a crude good versus evil story. David Klion, The New Republic, 14 Oct. 2021 It was last tapped in 2011 when President Barack Obama sold 30.6 million barrels after crude supply was disrupted by turmoil in Libya. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Oct. 2021 Mild conditions have kept the bulk of the oil offshore, which is much simpler for crews to clean than crude that has made its way onto the coast, said Matthew Bracken, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Irvine. Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Investigators believe a 1,200-foot (366-meter) cargo ship dragging anchor in rough seas caught an underwater oil pipeline and pulled it across the seafloor, months before a leak from the line fouled the Southern California coastline with crude. Matthew Brown, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Oct. 2021 Investigators believe a 1,200-foot cargo ship dragging anchor in rough seas caught an underwater oil pipeline and pulled it across the seafloor, months before a leak from the line fouled the Southern California coastline with crude. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 18 Oct. 2021 Investigators believe a 1,200-foot cargo ship dragging anchor in rough seas caught an underwater oil pipeline and pulled it across the seafloor, months before a leak from the line fouled the Southern California coastline with crude. NBC News, 17 Oct. 2021 Oil prices added to early gains on Thursday following the release of the IEA’s report, with Brent crude rising 1.2% to $84.16 a barrel in early trading. David Hodari, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 Brent crude is at a 5 year high of $84 per barrel while spot natural gas prices are up more than 500% year-over-year, forcing highly polluting gas-to-coal switching and putting the brakes on the EU’s green energy transition. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 That extra crude could go a long way towards stabilizing prices at or below $80. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 14 Oct. 2021 Its white and light-brown feathers were caked with black crude. Robin Estrin, Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 The New York Times published an article at 8:16 p.m. detailing several crude, misogynistic, and homophobic emails from Gruden. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of crude

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

circa 1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crude

Adjective and Noun

Middle English, from Latin crudus raw, crude, undigested — more at raw

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“Crude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crude. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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crude

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of crude

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very simple and basic : made or done in a way that does not show a lot of skill
: rude in a way that makes people uncomfortable especially : talking about sexual matters in a rude way
: very simple and basic in a way that is true but not complete

crude

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crude (Entry 2 of 2)

: oil as it exists in the ground : petroleum that is not yet ready to be used as fuel

crude

adjective
\ ˈkrüd How to pronounce crude (audio) \
cruder; crudest

Kids Definition of crude

1 : in a natural state and not changed by special treatment : raw crude oil crude sugar
2 : planned or done in a rough or unskilled way a crude drawing
3 : not having or showing good manners : vulgar crude language

Other Words from crude

crudely adverb
crudeness noun

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