- 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.
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.
- 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. 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 of rudeOld French from Classical Latin rudis, akin to rudus, debris, rubble from Indo-European an unverified form reud-, to tear apart from base an unverified form reu-, to tear out, dig up from source rug, rotten
- Ill-mannered, discourteous, or insulting: was offended by his rude behavior.
- a. Undeveloped or uncivilized; primitive: a rude and savage land.b. Crude, unfinished, or made with limited skill: a rude thatched hut.c. In a natural, raw state: bales of rude cotton.
- Unpleasantly forceful or harsh: faced rude winds; received a rude shock.
- Chiefly British Vigorous or robust: in rude health.
- Archaic Lacking education or refinement: “They were so rude and ignorant … that very little could be learned from them” ( Samuel Johnson )
Origin of rudeMiddle English from Old French unrefined, harsh from Latin rudis in a natural state, crude, ignorant
(comparative ruder, superlative rudest)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rudis (“rough, raw, rude, wild, untilled").