I. adjective (cruder; crudest) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin crudus raw, crude, undigested — more at raw Date: 14th century 1. existing in a natural state and unaltered by cooking or processing <
crude oil
2. archaic unripe, immature 3. marked by the primitive, gross, or elemental or by uncultivated simplicity or vulgarity <
a crude stereotype
4. rough or inexpert in plan or execution <
a crude shelter
5. lacking a covering, glossing, or concealing element ; obvious <
crude facts
6. tabulated without being broken down into classes <
the crude death rate
Synonyms: see rudecrudely adverbcrudeness noun II. noun Date: circa 1904 a substance in its natural unprocessed state; especially unrefined petroleum

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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