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rude (ruːd



  1. insulting or uncivil; discourteous; impolite   ⇒  ■ he was rude about her hairstyle
  2. lacking refinement; coarse or uncouth
  3. vulgar or obscene   ⇒  ■ a rude joke
  4. unexpected and unpleasant   ⇒  ■ a rude awakening to the facts of economic life
  5. roughly or crudely made   ⇒  ■ we made a rude shelter on the island
  6. rough or harsh in sound, appearance, or behaviour
  7. humble or lowly
  8. (prenominal) robust or sturdy   ⇒  ■ in rude health
  9. (prenominal) approximate or imprecise   ⇒  ■ a rude estimate

Derived Forms

ˈrudely  adverb
ˈrudeness, or (informal) ˈrudery  noun

Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Latin rudis coarse, unformed

Translations for 'rude'

  • British English: rude If someone is rude, they behave in a way that is not polite.He's rude to her friends.ruːd ADJECTIVE
  • Arabic: وَقِح
  • Brazilian Portuguese: grosseiro grosseira
  • Chinese: 粗鲁的
  • Croatian: nepristojan nepristojna
  • Czech: sprostý
  • Danish: uforskammet
  • Dutch: ongemanierd
  • European Spanish: maleducado maleducada
  • Finnish: epäkohtelias
  • French: grossier grossièreimpoli
  • German: unverschämt
  • Greek: αγενής
  • Italian: maleducato maleducata
  • Japanese: 失礼な
  • Korean: 무례한
  • Norwegian: uhøflig
  • Polish: nieuprzejmy nieuprzejma
  • Portuguese: rude
  • Romanian: nepoliticos nepoliticos, nepoliticoasă, nepoliticoși, nepoliticoase
  • Russian: грубый грубая
  • Spanish: maleducado maleducada
  • Swedish: oartig oartigt
  • Thai: หยาบคาย
  • Turkish: kabadavranış
  • Ukrainian: грубий
  • Vietnamese: bất lịch sự


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