Definition of crudely in US English:



  • 1In a rudimentary or makeshift way.

    ‘the crudely stitched flag’
    • ‘She looked down and saw she was standing on a crudely built metal platform.’
    • ‘I had seen African-American quilts, of course, but I always thought they seemed crudely made.’
    • ‘Lettered crudely on the wall above a work table is the advice, "Stay Out Stay Back."’
    • ‘In the front gallery stood a matte-black block of polystyrene crudely hacked to resemble a human skull perched on a base.’
    • ‘It was a female form crudely carved in rosewood.’
    • ‘Roughly a dozen small blocks were crudely nailed together to create each cluster of geometric forms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She nodded before hurriedly fixing the post crudely with a roll of duct tape she had procured from a pocket in her trenchcoat.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 In a way that lacks finesse or subtlety.
      ‘his minor works are sometimes crudely handled’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the orchestra plays way too crudely.’
      • ‘The artist varies his technique, sometimes painting lyrically, sometimes crudely, with a near garish palette.’
      • ‘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 author divvies up world power somewhat crudely into its main factions.’
      • ‘The jump from carefully composed illustration to crudely arranged website was quite jarring.’
      • ‘To put it crudely, modern artists use past artworks freely for whatever they want.’
      • ‘The phrase "law is politics" crudely summarizes a current in American legal culture that has been prominent since the 1930s.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2In an offensively coarse or rude way, especially in relation to sexual matters.

    ‘talking bluntly and crudely about sex’
    • ‘He was renowned for his acerbic, if occasionally crudely sexist, pieces for lad magazines.’
    • ‘He turned his horse and winked at her crudely.’
    • ‘They laughed loudly and crudely to each other as they continued to walk down the street, closer and closer.’
    • ‘Jose crudely slapped at her backside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pure pornography, these crudely printed eight-page pamphlets put popular comic-strip characters in more "adult" situations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His elegant, often pugnacious, occasionally crudely offensive essays on composers are now available in a collection.’
    • ‘In general, however, most film theorists still seem either embarrassed or bemused by bodies that often act wantonly and crudely at the movies.’