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Meaning of rude by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rudis ( “rough, raw, rude, wild, untilled” ), from Undetermined root .


    • enPR: ro͞od, IPA: /ruːd/, X-SAMPA: /ru:d/
    • Rhymes: -uːd


    rude ( comparative ruder, superlative rudest )

    1. Bad mannered .
    2. Obscene, pornographic, offensive .
    3. Tough, robust .
    4. Undeveloped, unskilled, basic.
    5. Hearty, vigorous; found particularly in the phrase rude health .


    • See also Wikisaurus:impolite

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    External links

    • rude in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • rude in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • rude at OneLook Dictionary Search


Explanation of rude by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. socially incorrect in behavior

    2. lacking civility or good manners

    3. belonging to an early stage of technical development

    4. the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man
    5. ( of persons ) lacking in refinement or grace

    6. ( used especially of commodities ) being unprocessed or manufactured using only simple or minimal processes

    7. bales of rude cotton

    Definition of rude by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Rude a. [Compar. Ruder ; superl. Rudest.] [F., fr. L. rudis.]
      1. Characterized by roughness; umpolished; raw; lacking delicacy or refinement; coarse.

      Such gardening tools as art, yet rude, . . . had formed. Milton.

      2. Hence, specifically: Unformed by taste or skill; not nicely finished; not smoothed or polished; -- said especially of material things; as, “rude workmanship”. “Rude was the cloth.” Chaucer.

      Rude and unpolished stones. Bp. Stillingfleet.

      The heaven-born child

      All meanly wrapt in the rude manger lies. Milton.

      Of untaught manners; unpolished; of low rank; uncivil; clownish; ignorant; raw; unskillful; -- said of persons, or of conduct, skill, and the like. “Mine ancestors were rude.”

      He was but rude in the profession of arms. Sir H. Wotton.

      the rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep. Gray.

      Violent; tumultuous; boisterous; inclement; harsh; severe; -- said of the weather, of storms, and the like; as, “the rude winter”.

      [Clouds] pushed with winds, rude in their shock. Milton.

      The rude agitation [of water] breaks it into foam. Boyle.

      Barbarous; fierce; bloody; impetuous; -- said of war, conflict, and the like; as, the rude shock of armies. Not finished or complete; inelegant; lacking chasteness or elegance; not in good taste; unsatisfactory in mode of treatment; -- said of literature, language, style, and the like. “The rude Irish books.” Spenser.

      Rude am I in my speech. Shak.

      Unblemished by my rude translation. Dryden.

      Syn. -- Impertinent; rough; uneven; shapeless; unfashioned; rugged; artless; unpolished; uncouth; inelegant; rustic; coarse; vulgar; clownish; raw; unskillful; untaught; illiterate; ignorant; uncivil; impolite; saucy; impudent; insolent; surly; currish; churlish; brutal; uncivilized; barbarous; savage; violent; fierce; tumultuous; turbulent; impetuous; boisterous; harsh; inclement; severe. See Impertiment.

      -- Rudely adv. -- Rudeness, n.