Definition of "rude" []

  • Relatively undeveloped; primitive: a rude and savage land; a rude agricultural implement. (adjective)
  • Being in a crude, rough, unfinished condition: a rude thatched hut. (adjective)
  • Exhibiting a marked lack of skill or precision in work: rude crafts. (adjective)
  • In a natural, raw state: bales of rude cotton. (adjective)
  • Lacking the graces and refinement of civilized life; uncouth. (adjective)
  • Insulting or uncivil; discourteous; impolite (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.

  • Lacking refinement; coarse or uncouth (adjective)
  • Vulgar or obscene (adjective)
  • Unexpected and unpleasant (adjective)
  • Roughly or crudely made (adjective)
  • Rough or harsh in sound, appearance, or behaviour (adjective)
  • Humble or lowly (adjective)
  • Robust or sturdy (adjective)
  • Approximate or imprecise (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "rude" in a sentence
  • "I was amused by his attempt to avoid the term “Jew” — apparently he was raised to consider the term rude and perjorative."
  • "Some complained about what they characterized as rude and inconsiderate behavior by the power company, which had the largest number of customers in the region still without power."
  • "This is going to stop when what he called rude mechanicals in other words, people who weren't gentlemen start doing it."