Definition of "crude" []

  • Being in an unrefined or natural state; raw. (adjective)
  • Lacking tact or taste; blunt or offensive: a crude, mannerless oaf; a crude remark. (adjective)
  • Characterized by uncultured simplicity; lacking in sophistication or subtlety: had only a crude notion of how a computer works. (adjective)
  • Not carefully or skillfully made; rough: a quick, crude sketch. (adjective)
  • Undisguised or unadorned; plain: must face the crude truth. (adjective)
  • Lacking taste, tact, or refinement; vulgar (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • In a natural or unrefined state (adjective)
  • Lacking care, knowledge, or skill (adjective)
  • Stark; blunt (adjective)
  • (of statistical data) unclassified or unanalysed (adjective)
  • Unripe (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "crude" in a sentence
  • "Normally, crude is shipped to Far East in 50 days but when the Med Stream is completed it would take 19 days to transport crude from the Red Sea."
  • "Polanski's backers, ranging from fellow directors to French culture and foreign ministers, criticized U.S. and Los Angeles judicial authorities for seeking what they called crude revenge against a major artist who deserved more respect."
  • "Reverend Jesse Jackson is apologizing for what he calls crude and hurtful comments about Barack Obama."