- 1Offensively impolite or bad-mannered: she had been rude to her boss he is a rude and arrogant bullyMore example sentences
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; tactless, undiplomatic, uncomplimentary, uncharitable, unchivalrous, ungallant, ungentlemanly, unladylike
- 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.
- 2Referring to a taboo subject such as sex in a way considered embarrassing or offensive: Graham giggled at every rude jokeMore example sentences
vulgar, coarse, smutty, dirty, filthy, crude, lewd, obscene, offensive, indelicate, improper, indecorous, salacious, off colour, tasteless, in bad taste; risqué, naughty, ribald, bawdy, racy, broad, spicy, colourful, suggestiveNorth American • informal gamy• euphemistic adult
- 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.
- 3 [attributive] Having a startling abruptness: the war came as a very rude awakeningMore example sentences
abrupt, sudden, sharp, startling; unpleasant, disagreeable, nasty, harsh
- 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.
- 4 [attributive] chiefly British Vigorous or hearty: Isabel had always been in rude healthMore example sentences
- 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 (in sense 5, also 'uncultured'): from Old French, from Latin rudis 'unwrought' (referring to handicraft), figuratively 'uncultivated'; related to rudus 'broken stone'.