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rude (ruːd Pronunciation for rude



  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, (informal) ˈrudery noun

Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Latin rudis coarse, unformed

Translations for 'rude'

  • British English: rudePronunciation for rude If someone is rude, they behave in a way that is not polite.He's rude to her friends.ruːd ADJECTIVE
  • Arabic: وَقِحPronunciation for وَقِح
  • Brazilian Portuguese: grosseiroPronunciation for grosseiro grosseira
  • Chinese: 粗鲁的Pronunciation for 粗鲁的
  • Croatian: nepristojanPronunciation for nepristojan nepristojna
  • Czech: sprostýPronunciation for sprostý
  • Danish: uforskammetPronunciation for uforskammet
  • Dutch: ongemanierdPronunciation for ongemanierd
  • European Spanish: maleducadoPronunciation for maleducado maleducada
  • Finnish: epäkohteliasPronunciation for epäkohtelias
  • French: grossierPronunciation for grossier grossièreimpoli
  • German: unverschämtPronunciation for unverschämt
  • Greek: αγενήςPronunciation for αγενής
  • Italian: maleducatoPronunciation for maleducato maleducata
  • Japanese: 失礼なPronunciation for 失礼な
  • Korean: 무례한Pronunciation for 무례한
  • Norwegian: uhøfligPronunciation for uhøflig
  • Polish: nieuprzejmyPronunciation for nieuprzejmy nieuprzejma
  • Portuguese: rudePronunciation for rude
  • Romanian: nepoliticos nepoliticos, nepoliticoasă, nepoliticoși, nepoliticoase
  • Russian: грубыйPronunciation for грубый грубая
  • Spanish: maleducadoPronunciation for maleducado maleducada
  • Swedish: oartigPronunciation for oartig oartigt
  • Thai: หยาบคายPronunciation for หยาบคาย
  • Turkish: kabaPronunciation for kabadavranış
  • Ukrainian: грубий
  • Vietnamese: bất lịch sựPronunciation for bất lịch sự


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