- An example of something that would be described as crude is your first, rough attempt to build something that didn't turn out very well.
- An example of something that would be described as crude is burping on purpose in public and not saying "excuse me."
The definition of crude is something rudimentary, undefined or undeveloped, or behavior that is impolite and improper.
- in a raw or natural condition, before being prepared for use; not refined or processed
- lacking finish, grace, tact, or taste; uncultured: crude remark
- not carefully made or done; rough: crude woodwork
- stark and bare; undisguised or unadorned: crude reality
- Archaic not ripe; immature
- Statistics untreated as by analysis, differentiation into groups, etc.
Origin of crudeMiddle English from Classical Latin crudus, bleeding, raw, rough from Indo-European base an unverified form kreu-, congealed (blood) from source raw, Classical Greek kryos, frost and kreas, flesh, Classical Latin crusta, cruor, Middle Irish cru, blood
an unrefined or unprocessed substance; specif., crude petroleum
- Being in an unrefined or natural state: crude cotton.
- Lacking tact or taste; blunt or offensive: a crude, mannerless oaf; a crude remark.
- Lacking in sophistication or subtlety; simplistic: had only a crude notion of how a computer works.
- Not carefully or skillfully made; rough: a quick, crude sketch.
- Undisguised or unadorned; plain: must face the crude truth.
- Statistics In an unanalyzed form; not adjusted to allow for related circumstances or data.
- Archaic Unripe or immature.
A substance, especially petroleum, in its unrefined state.
Origin of crudeMiddle English from Latin crūdus ; see kreuə- in Indo-European roots.
- cru′di·ty crude′ness
(comparative cruder, superlative crudest)
- Any substance in its natural state.
- Crude oil.