Crude definition

kro͝od
(archaic) Not ripe; immature.
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Being in a natural state.

Crude oil.

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Characterized by simplicity, especially something not carefully or expertly made.

A crude shelter.

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Stark and bare; undisguised or unadorned.

Crude reality.

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An unrefined or unprocessed substance; specif., crude petroleum.
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(archaic) Immature or unripe.
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A substance, especially petroleum, in its unrefined state.
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Not carefully made or done; rough.

Crude woodwork.

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Lacking tact or taste; blunt or offensive.

A crude, mannerless oaf; a crude remark.

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(archaic) Unripe or immature.
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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."

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(statistics) Untreated as by analysis, differentiation into groups, etc.
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Lacking concealing elements.

A crude truth.

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Lacking tact or taste.

A crude remark.

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(statistics) Being in an unanalyzed form.

Crude data.

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Any substance in its natural state.
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Crude oil.
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Lacking in sophistication or subtlety; simplistic.

Had only a crude notion of how a computer works.

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Not carefully or skillfully made; rough.

A quick, crude sketch.

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Undisguised or unadorned; plain.

Must face the crude truth.

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In a raw or natural condition, before being prepared for use; not refined or processed.
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Lacking finish, grace, tact, or taste; uncultured.

Crude remark.

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Being in an unrefined or natural state.

Crude cotton.

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(statistics) In an unanalyzed form; not adjusted to allow for related circumstances or data.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
crude
Plural:
crudes

Adjective

Base Form:
crude
Comparative:
cruder
Superlative:
crudest

Origin of crude

  • Middle English from Latin crūdus kreuə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English crude, from Latin crūdus (“raw, bloody, uncooked, undigested, crude”), from Proto-Indo-European *krewa- (“raw meat, fresh blood”). Cognate with Old English hrēaw (“raw, uncooked”). More at raw.

    From Wiktionary