Definition of rude in English:


Syllabification: rude
Pronunciation: /ro͞od


  • 2Roughly made or done; lacking subtlety or sophistication: a rude coffin
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    • Mehmet steals a truck and sets out on the road with Berzan's rude coffin in the back.
    • He seemed rude and rough like a devil on the outside, but I guess he was a real angel in the inside.
  • 2.1 archaic Ignorant and uneducated: the new religion was first promulgated by rude men
  • 3 [attributive] chiefly British Vigorous or hearty: Isabel had always been in rude health
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    • It wasn't long before I caught a salmon - a fat fresh hen fish of about seven kilos, in such rude health that it took me the best part of half an hour to get it to the bank.
    • A work that details every expression of lack of vigour in the different organs, limbs and brain of the body politic, therefore, paradoxically leaves a general impression of rude health.
    • The horse has bounced back to rude health lately, winning at Ayr and Pontefract in the style of a rejuvenated character.



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  • A christening was rudely interrupted when some unwelcome guests turned up at the car park of a Hampshire church.
  • Angry and embarrassed that we had been asked so rudely to move to the other side of our beach we decided to leave Anse Cochon.
  • Most of the autorickshaw drivers are doing their duty with utmost care, but some of them behave rudely.


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  • The girls have a directness that borders on rudery.
  • York loves rudery and ruddy humour, shows best enjoyed by stags and hens on a night's curry and booze.
  • She told them in no uncertain terms that she'd never seen such downright ignorance and rudery.


Middle English ( sense 2, also 'uncultured'): from Old French, from Latin rudis 'unwrought' (referring to handicraft), figuratively 'uncultivated'; related to rudus 'broken stone'.

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