Definition of rude in English:

rude

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Pronunciation: /ruːd
 
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adjective

1Offensively impolite or bad-mannered: she had been rude to her boss he is a rude and arrogant bully
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  • It is such short notice and it is awfully rude of me to inform you of this just now.
  • I have also learned from other patients that it was not the first time the receptionist had been rude to patients.
  • Noise, drunkenness, bad manners, rude and discourteous conduct and reckless driving will all raise their ugly heads, whatever we do.
Synonyms
ill-mannered, bad-mannered, impolite, discourteous, impertinent, insolent, impudent, cheeky, audacious, presumptuous, uncivil, disrespectful, unmannerly, ill-bred, churlish, crass, curt, brusque, blunt, ungracious, graceless, brash, unpleasant, disagreeable, offhand, short, sharp;
offensive, insulting, derogatory, disparaging, abusive;
2Referring to a taboo subject such as sex in a way considered embarrassing or offensive: Graham giggled at every rude joke
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  • Advertisers of pornographic content are prohibited from using rude words in the subject line of sexually explicit images.
  • A couple, as well as a family of six, were subjected to these rude actions and many onlookers were shocked and disgusted at what they witnessed.
  • I was once on a crowded Muni bus, wherein someone made a loud, rude, and embarrassing sound.
Synonyms
vulgar, coarse, smutty, dirty, filthy, crude, lewd, obscene, offensive, indelicate, improper, indecorous, salacious, off colour, tasteless, in bad taste;
British informal fruity, near the knuckle, saucy
North American informal gamy
euphemistic adult
3 [attributive] Having a startling abruptness: the war came as a very rude awakening
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  • But the dream, like all others, became harsh reality with a rude awakening.
  • For many it will be a rude awakening and emphasise the need for a radical rethink before soccer's loss is another gain for a different form of sport, or worse still the sedentary armchair variety.
  • It has been a singularly rude awakening for France and the country has embarked on a deep, soul-searching, introspection on how things could have gone so horribly wrong.
Synonyms
abrupt, sudden, sharp, startling;
unpleasant, disagreeable, nasty, harsh
4 [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.
5 dated Roughly made or done; lacking 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.
Synonyms
5.1 archaic Ignorant and uneducated: the new religion was first promulgated by rude men

Origin

Middle English (in sense 5, also 'uncultured'): from Old French, from Latin rudis 'unwrought' (referring to handicraft), figuratively 'uncultivated'; related to rudus 'broken stone'.

Derivatives

rudely

adverb
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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.

rudery

noun
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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.

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