adjective (ruder; rudest) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin rudis; probably akin to Latin rudus rubble Date: 14th century 1. a. being in a rough or unfinished state ; crude <
rude line illustrations
b. natural, raw <
rude cotton
c. primitive, undeveloped <
peasants use rude wooden plows — Jack Raymond
d. simple, elemental <
landscape done in rude whites, blacks, deep browns — Richard Harris
2. lacking refinement or delicacy: a. ignorant, unlearned b. inelegant, uncouth c. offensive in manner or action ; discourteous d. uncivilized, savage 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
rudely adverb Synonyms: 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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