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[rood] /rud/
adjective, ruder, rudest.
discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way:
a rude reply.
without culture, learning, or refinement:
rude, illiterate peasants.
rough in manners or behavior; unmannerly; uncouth.
rough, harsh, or ungentle:
rude hands.
roughly wrought, built, or formed; of a crude construction or kind:
a rude cottage.
not properly or fully developed; raw; unevolved:
a rude first stage of development.
harsh to the ear:
rude sounds.
without artistic elegance; of a primitive simplicity:
a rude design.
violent or tempestuous, as the waves.
robust, sturdy, or vigorous:
rude strength.
approximate or tentative:
a rude first calculation of costs.
Origin of rude
1300-50; Middle English rude, ruide (< Old French) < Latin rudis
Related forms
rudely, adverb
rudeness, noun
overrude, adjective
overrudely, adverb
overrudeness, noun
unrude, adjective
unrudely, adverb
1. uncivil, unmannerly, curt, brusque, impertinent, impudent, saucy, pert, fresh. 1, 3. See boorish. 2. unrefined, uncultured, uncivilized, uncouth, coarse, vulgar, rough. 6. See raw. 8. rustic, artless. 9. stormy, fierce, tumultuous, turbulent. Unabridged
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  • It is in Northern Syria that its rudest and most infantile attempts have been found.

    The Hittites A. H. Sayce
  • It was in the Grande Rue where the rudest shocks were delivered.

    Political Women, Vol. 2 (of 2) Sutherland Menzies
  • The wheel used here is the clumsiest and rudest I ever saw, and the potter is obliged to sit sideways by it.

  • “The rudest girls we have,” is the testimony of most people who have to deal with them.

  • The cabin wherein the three were seated was of the rudest kind, but everything was scrupulously clean.

    Added Upon Nephi Anderson
  • His weapons and tools were of the rudest description, and made of chipped flint.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • The most cultured women must be grateful and flattering toward the rudest men, if circumstances throw them together.

  • It should be understood that the accommodations were of the rudest character.

    War from the Inside Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • Self-love is the first and rudest form of the instinct of preservation.

    The Religious Sentiment Daniel G. Brinton
British Dictionary definitions for rudest


insulting or uncivil; discourteous; impolite: he was rude about her hairstyle
lacking refinement; coarse or uncouth
vulgar or obscene: a rude joke
unexpected and unpleasant: a rude awakening to the facts of economic life
roughly or crudely made: we made a rude shelter on the island
rough or harsh in sound, appearance, or behaviour
humble or lowly
(prenominal) robust or sturdy: in rude health
(prenominal) approximate or imprecise: a rude estimate
Derived Forms
rudely, adverb
rudeness, (informal) rudery, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin rudis coarse, unformed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rudest



late 13c., "coarse, rough" (of surfaces), from Old French ruide (13c.) or directly from Latin rudis "rough, crude, unlearned," perhaps related to rudus "rubble." Sense of "ill-mannered, uncultured; uneducated, uncultured" is from mid-14c. Rude boy (also rudie, for short) in Jamaican slang is attested from 1967. Figurative phrase rude awakening is attested from 1895.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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