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Definition of "rude" [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)

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.

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."