Definition of rude in English:



  • 1Offensively impolite or ill-mannered.

    ‘she had been rude to her boss’
    with infinitive ‘it's rude to talk about people right in front of them’
    • ‘‘It was still awfully rude of you,’ Elizabeth replied bluntly.’
    • ‘I know it was rude of me to interrupt you while you were speaking.’
    • ‘When I was in his class two years ago he was always very rude to me and he has also been rude to me over the Internet.’
    • ‘It may have been rude of me to ask, but because of reasons of my own, I had to know.’
    • ‘He was rude to her and she replied with an equally vigorous riposte.’
    • ‘It would have been rude to refuse the offer, even though the bar's whiskey would undoubtedly fall short of his usual standards.’
    • ‘I have also learned from other patients that it was not the first time the receptionist had been rude to patients.’
    • ‘I suppose it would be rude of me to let them part without words passing between us.’
    • ‘She dismissed the idea almost instantly: Lauren had been rude to her from the start, she was the one who should apologise.’
    • ‘It is such short notice and it is awfully rude of me to inform you of this just now.’
    • ‘If Cate believed in something strongly enough to confront me about it, it would be rude of me not to consider it fairly.’
    • ‘It was rude of them to talk and leave him just standing there.’
    • ‘How rude of me, rambling on about my brother when you don't even know my name!’
    • ‘It was rude of Amy to ignore him, but she didn't mean to.’
    • ‘She instantly felt guilty for the times she had been rude to him.’
    • ‘He knew that he had been rude to her, but it wasn't really on purpose.’
    • ‘It is rude of them to be asking you about your religion.’
    • ‘Noise, drunkenness, bad manners, rude and discourteous conduct and reckless driving will all raise their ugly heads, whatever we do.’
    • ‘I'd like to apologise to anyone who I've been rude to or offended in the past - because I'm sure there's lots of them out there.’
    • ‘It was rather rude of me to try and force your emotions out of you.’
    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
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    1. 1.1British Referring to a taboo subject such as sex in a way considered improper and offensive.
      ‘Graham giggled at every rude joke’
      • ‘But when the woman, who was in in her 20s, returned she verbally abused Ms Young, made rude gestures at her and then drove off.’
      • ‘She smiled at him gently and he made a very rude gesture to her.’
      • ‘Sex to the adults of my youth was embarrassing, rude or funny.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Advertisers of pornographic content are prohibited from using rude words in the subject line of sexually explicit images.’
      • ‘The ‘okay’ sign (touching your finger to your thumb) is considered a rude gesture in Peru.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, rude gestures also create the impression that other anti-social behaviours are somehow acceptable.’
      • ‘You shouldn't be making rude gestures to people!’
      • ‘There would be no rude hand gestures, no cross words.’
      • ‘But then I glanced behind me and saw her making rude hand gestures at my back.’
      • ‘Some of the jokes were rude, others corny, and some a tad funny.’
      • ‘West pulled faces and made rude gestures at the press as he stood in the dock.’
      • ‘I was once on a crowded Muni bus, wherein someone made a loud, rude, and embarrassing sound.’
      • ‘As the owner banged on the window, one of the thieves hot-wired the car, whilst the other made a rude gesture.’
      • ‘I have repeatedly had cars flashing their lights at me or hooting their horns and giving very rude gestures.’
      • ‘Expect lots of rude jokes, political provocation, and more than a few references that would offend if they weren't so funny.’
      • ‘David drove insanely fast, flying by honking cars, rude gestures and angry cries from various drivers on the road.’
      • ‘I get annoyed when pedestrians walk five or six astride and cars have to swerve to avoid hitting them, and then the driver still gets a rude gesture or threat from these pedestrians.’
      • ‘With a few rude noises and gestures, the boys walked away.’
      • ‘He made a number of rude gestures in their direction and shouted obscenities at them.’
      vulgar, coarse, smutty, dirty, filthy, crude, lewd, obscene, offensive, indelicate, improper, indecorous, salacious, off colour, tasteless, in bad taste
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  • 2attributive Having a startling abruptness.

    ‘the war came as a very rude awakening’
    • ‘A rude awakening, however, occurred on July 16th, 1936.’
    • ‘It wasn't just the rude awakening which stunned residents, but the fact that the road had been resurfaced just days before, following years of campaigning by the parish council.’
    • ‘This rude awakening came from underestimating the non-designer's understanding of design principals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A three-year courtship enabled them to paint realistic portraits of one another, lessening the chances of a rude awakening after marriage.’
    • ‘Before dawn broke on Tuesday, drug crime suspects had a rude awakening as officers with battering rams smashed down doors around the town in an operation to target dealers.’
    • ‘The sharp downturn in the US economy has brought a rude awakening to many in the IT sector.’
    • ‘But after their stay in that sun-kissed paradise they got a rude awakening on heading out into the Atlantic, which was to prove stormy and rough.’
    • ‘If the cost of repairing the damage could be laid squarely at the door of those people, it would be a rude awakening and remind them of their parental responsibilities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Delude ourselves into that kind of thinking however and a rude awakening will await us.’
    • ‘For the intellectuals and the urban lower middle class, the new situation was a rude awakening of disillusionment and broken promises.’
    • ‘But my first round of mid-terms brought a rude awakening: three C's!’
    • ‘Senior staff, classroom teachers, governors and parents have all had a rude awakening since James' arrival, me included.’
    • ‘The next three years will see a rude awakening for Baikal.’
    • ‘Well let's just say the happy couple is about to get a rude awakening.’
    • ‘After a summer of doing just about anything on your own time, the alarm bell announcing the first day of school can be a rude awakening.’
    • ‘But we were in for a rude awakening when a savage thunder and lightning storm struck right over the stadium during the match.’
    • ‘But the dream, like all others, became harsh reality with a rude awakening.’
    • ‘Failure of immediate action may lead to a rude awakening.’
    abrupt, sudden, sharp, startling
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  • 3British attributive Vigorous or hearty.

    ‘Isabel had always been in rude health’
    • ‘Bob Woodhouse, who trains at Welburn near Malton, has his horses in rude health at present and a double could come his way from two of his recent winners.’
    • ‘George Hodgson enjoyed rude health until he died in 1715 at the age of 94.’
    • ‘The five-year-old is in rude health at present, as she showed when scoring handsomely at Ayr on her latest start.’
    • ‘Ten years on, and the footballer's in rude health and definitely on form.’
    • ‘The horse has bounced back to rude health lately, winning at Ayr and Pontefract in the style of a rejuvenated character.’
    • ‘But investor confidence is not in rude health, and companies that are not whiter than white in their accountancy practices are being downgraded by the market.’
    • ‘For the moment, however, Wood is in rude health and enjoying a tour he sees as a precursor to greater things ahead.’
    • ‘Sue Smith is another trainer who has her horses in rude health.’
    • ‘He is in such rude health at present that it is difficult to ignore his claims.’
    • ‘Contrary to the doleful prophecies of superannuated Jeremiahs, pop is in rude health.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This year has found the pop group in rude health, building on the momentum of their self-titled debut album selling 270,000 copies.’
    • ‘Whilst Charlton's finances are in rude health, matters on the field took a turn for the worse as they were beaten by a Crystal Palace reserve side.’
    • ‘In fact, we see plenty of evidence to support the idea that the TV and radio broadcast model is in rude health, and is becoming more highly valued than ever.’
    • ‘The vast media conglomerates looking to take over the online music market are in rude health.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a well sequenced selection of top quality grooves that takes the pulse of 21st century African roots music and finds it to be in surprisingly rude health.’
    • ‘Despite what major label accountants would have you believe, rock 'n' roll is in a state of rude health at the moment.’
    • ‘A big jump in new database license sales shows a company in rude health.’
  • 4dated Roughly made or done; lacking subtlety or sophistication.

    ‘a rude coffin’
    • ‘He seemed rude and rough like a devil on the outside, but I guess he was a real angel in the inside.’
    • ‘Mehmet steals a truck and sets out on the road with Berzan's rude coffin in the back.’
    primitive, crude, rudimentary, rough, rough-hewn, rough and ready, simple, basic, makeshift
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    1. 4.1archaic Ignorant and uneducated.
      ‘the new religion was first promulgated by rude men’
      ignorant, unenlightened, uneducated, unschooled, untutored, illiterate, unlettered, unlearned, unscholarly, unread, uninformed, backward, simple
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Middle English (in rude (sense 4), also ‘uncultured’): from Old French, from Latin rudis ‘unwrought’ (referring to handicraft), figuratively ‘uncultivated’; related to rudus ‘broken stone’.