Definition of crudely in US English:

crudely

adverb

  • 1In a rudimentary or makeshift way.

    ‘the crudely stitched flag’
    • ‘It was a female form crudely carved in rosewood.’
    • ‘A croquet-like game is believed to have been played by thirteenth century French peasants who used crudely fashioned mallets to whack wooden balls balls through hoops made of willow branches.’
    • ‘Lettered crudely on the wall above a work table is the advice, "Stay Out Stay Back."’
    • ‘I had seen African-American quilts, of course, but I always thought they seemed crudely made.’
    • ‘Roughly a dozen small blocks were crudely nailed together to create each cluster of geometric forms.’
    • ‘She nodded before hurriedly fixing the post crudely with a roll of duct tape she had procured from a pocket in her trenchcoat.’
    • ‘She looked down and saw she was standing on a crudely built metal platform.’
    • ‘The artwork seems a bit crudely drawn.’
    • ‘In the early 1980s, skateboarders were breaking into abandoned lots or backyards to skate in empty swimming pools or on crudely constructed ramps.’
    • ‘In the front gallery stood a matte-black block of polystyrene crudely hacked to resemble a human skull perched on a base.’
    1. 1.1 In a way that lacks finesse or subtlety.
      ‘his minor works are sometimes crudely handled’
      • ‘All that craft and effort seems wasted on such a crudely obvious story.’
      • ‘The targets are so obvious and attacked so crudely that the film lacks any real bite.’
      • ‘The jump from carefully composed illustration to crudely arranged website was quite jarring.’
      • ‘The humans find the planet already populated by a race crudely dubbed the Arachnids, or "Bugs."’
      • ‘He calculates rent crudely by taking 4 percent of his estimated land value, for which he gives no source.’
      • ‘The phrase "law is politics" crudely summarizes a current in American legal culture that has been prominent since the 1930s.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the orchestra plays way too crudely.’
      • ‘The artist varies his technique, sometimes painting lyrically, sometimes crudely, with a near garish palette.’
      • ‘The author divvies up world power somewhat crudely into its main factions.’
      • ‘To put it crudely, modern artists use past artworks freely for whatever they want.’
  • 2In an offensively coarse or rude way, especially in relation to sexual matters.

    ‘talking bluntly and crudely about sex’
    • ‘His elegant, often pugnacious, occasionally crudely offensive essays on composers are now available in a collection.’
    • ‘He turned his horse and winked at her crudely.’
    • ‘Engaging in S & M brings both characters out of their shells - but the film doesn't show more than it needs to, and never views the relationship crudely or salaciously.’
    • ‘Jose crudely slapped at her backside.’
    • ‘Pure pornography, these crudely printed eight-page pamphlets put popular comic-strip characters in more "adult" situations.’
    • ‘In general, however, most film theorists still seem either embarrassed or bemused by bodies that often act wantonly and crudely at the movies.’
    • ‘He leaned forward, leering crudely in my ear.’
    • ‘A lot of dance art of this period was crudely titillating or obviously erotic ... the sight of a naked limb in the 19th century could drive people wild.’
    • ‘They laughed loudly and crudely to each other as they continued to walk down the street, closer and closer.’
    • ‘He was renowned for his acerbic, if occasionally crudely sexist, pieces for lad magazines.’

Pronunciation

crudely

/ˈkro͞odlē//ˈkrudli/