- The definition of crude is something rudimentary, undefined or undeveloped, or behavior that is impolite and improper.
- 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."
crude definition by Webster's New World
- 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, differentiated into groups, etc.
Origin: Middle 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 amp; kreas, flesh, Classical Latin crusta, cruor, Middle Irish cru, blood
crude definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective crud·er, crud·est
- Being in an unrefined or natural state; raw.
- Lacking tact or taste; blunt or offensive: a crude, mannerless oaf; a crude remark.
- Characterized by uncultured simplicity; lacking in sophistication or subtlety: 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.
Origin: Middle English, from Latin crūdus; see kreuə- in Indo-European roots.
- crudeˈly adverb
- cruˈdi·ty , crudeˈness noun