rude

rude
[[t]ru͟ːd[/t]]
ruder, rudest
1) ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ to/about n When people are rude, they act in an impolite way towards other people or say impolite things about them.

He's rude to her friends and obsessively jealous...

People were quite often rude about him, often the people he had helped...

Unfair bosses and rude customers make us unhappy on the job.

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Derived words:
rudely ADV-GRADED usu ADV with v

I could not understand why she felt compelled to behave so rudely to a friend.

rudeness N-UNCOUNT oft with poss

Mother is cross at Caleb's rudeness, but I can forgive it.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Rude is used to describe words and behaviour that are likely to embarrass or offend people, because they relate to sex or to body functions. [mainly BRIT]

Fred keeps cracking rude jokes with the guests...

Luke made a rude gesture with his finger.

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(in AM, usually use dirty)
3) ADJ-GRADED: ADJ n If someone receives a rude shock, something unpleasant happens unexpectedly.

It will come as a rude shock when their salary or income-tax refund cannot be cashed.

Derived words:
rudely ADV-GRADED ADV with v

People were awakened rudely by a siren just outside their window.

4) ADJ: ADJ n Objects can be described as rude when they are very simply and roughly made. [LITERARY]

Roden had already constructed a rude cabin for himself and his family in case of necessity.

5) PHRASE If someone is in rude health, they are strong and healthy.

He is in rude health and can cycle 40 or 50 miles non-stop.

6) rude awakeningsee awakening

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  • rude´ly — rude «rood», adjective, rud|er, rud|est. 1. not courteous; impolite: »It is rude to stare at people or to point. SYNONYM(S): uncivil, discourteous …   Useful english dictionary

  • rude — [ rud ] adjective ** 1. ) not polite: I don t want to seem rude, but I d rather be alone. it is rude to do something: It s rude to keep people waiting. downright rude (=extremely rude): The way she stared was downright rude. a ) offensive: a rude …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rude — [ro͞od] adj. ruder, rudest [OFr < L rudis, akin to rudus, debris, rubble < IE * reud , to tear apart < base * reu , to tear out, dig up > RUG, ROTTEN] 1. crude or rough in form or workmanship [a rude hut] 2. barbarous or ignorant… …   English World dictionary

  • RUDE (F.) — RUDE FRANÇOIS (1784 1855) Sculpteur français. Bien qu’accepté par ses contemporains, Rude vécut une existence discrète, à l’abri des honneurs et des polémiques de la vie artistique de son temps, et c’est du moins l’image que ses premiers… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • rude — [ru:d] adj comparative ruder superlative rudest [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: Latin rudis raw, rough ] 1.) speaking or behaving in a way that is not polite and is likely to offend or annoy people = ↑impolite ≠ ↑polite ▪ a rude remar …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rude — Rude, Semble qu il vienne de Rudis, ou de Durus, par transposition de lettres, Dur, Rud, Agrestis, Durus, Austerus, Inclemens, Seuerus, Asper. Rude et difficile, Difficilis et morosus. Pere qui n est point rude, Facilis pater. Se monstrer rude et …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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