(countable and uncountable, plural rudenesses)
- The property of being rude.
- His rudeness was inexcusable.
- The rudeness of the cabin gave it a rustic charm but little comfort.
- A rude remark or behaviour.
- I'm sick of his rudenesses.
rude +"Ž -ness
Variant of rude
- 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