- 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.
- 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 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 &ellipsis; 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)
- dure, rued