The definition of rude is behavior that does not conform to what society says would be polite or good manners or inappropriate subjects of discussion.adjective
- An example of rude is bumping into someone and not saying "Excuse me."
- An example of rude is when you engage in an inappropriate discussion about sex.
- crude or rough in form or workmanship: a rude hut
- barbarous or ignorant: rude savages
- lacking refinement, culture, or elegance; uncouth, boorish, coarse, vulgar, etc.
- Brit., Informal indecent; obscene: a rude joke
- discourteous; unmannerly: a rude reply
- rough, violent, or harsh: a rude awakening
- harsh in sound; discordant; not musical: rude tones
- having or showing little skill or development; primitive: rude drawings
- not carefully worked out or finished; not precise: a rude appraisal
- sturdy; robust; rugged: rude health
Origin: OFr < L rudis, akin to rudus, debris, rubble < IE *reud-, to tear apart < base *reu-, to tear out, dig up > rug, rotten
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adjective rud·er, rud·est
- Relatively undeveloped; primitive: a rude and savage land; a rude agricultural implement.
- a. Being in a crude, rough, unfinished condition: a rude thatched hut.b. Exhibiting a marked lack of skill or precision in work: rude crafts.c. In a natural, raw state: bales of rude cotton.
- a. Lacking the graces and refinement of civilized life; uncouth.b. Lacking education or knowledge; unlearned.c. Ill-mannered; discourteous: rude behavior.
- Vigorous, robust, and sturdy.
- Abruptly and unpleasantly forceful: received a rude shock.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rudis.
- rudeˈly adverb
- rudeˈness noun