cruder, crudest, crudes
1) ADJ-GRADED A crude method or measurement is not exact or detailed, but may be useful or correct in a rough, general way.

Standard measurements of blood pressure are an important but crude way of assessing the risk of heart disease or strokes...

Birthplace data are only the crudest indicator of actual migration paths.

Derived words:
crudely ADV-GRADED usu ADV with v, also ADV adj

The donors can be split - a little crudely - into two groups...

Put crudely, the liberationists favour extending a number of rights to children.

2) ADJ-GRADED If you describe an object that someone has made as crude, you mean that it has been made in a very simple way or from very simple parts.

...crude wooden boxes.

Derived words:
crudely ADV-GRADED usu ADV -ed

...a crudely carved wooden form...

In some places maps are scarce, and are often crudely produced.

3) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as crude, you disapprove of them because they speak or behave in a rude, offensive, or unsophisticated way.

Nev! Must you be quite so crude?

...crude language.

...crude sexual jokes.

Derived words:
crudely ADV-GRADED usu ADV with v, also ADV adj

He hated it when she spoke so crudely...

To put it crudely, nobody really gives a toss about this any more.

crudity [[t]kru͟ːdɪti[/t]] N-UNCOUNT

He had not expected such crudity from so sophisticated a minister.

crudeness N-UNCOUNT

Crudeness is on the rise in all fields of entertainment.

4) ADJ: ADJ n Crude substances are in a natural or unrefined state, and have not yet been used in manufacturing processes.

...8.5 million tonnes of crude steel.

5) N-MASS Crude is the same as crude oil.

English dictionary. 2008.

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