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Princeton's WordNet

  1. petroleum, crude oil, crude, rock oil, fossil oil, oiladjective

    a dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons

  2. crude, roughadjective

    not carefully or expertly made

    "managed to make a crude splint"; "a crude cabin of logs with bark still on them"; "rough carpentry"

  3. crude, earthy, gross, vulgaradjective

    conspicuously and tastelessly indecent

    "coarse language"; "a crude joke"; "crude behavior"; "an earthy sense of humor"; "a revoltingly gross expletive"; "a vulgar gesture"; "full of language so vulgar it should have been edited"

  4. unrefined, unprocessed, crudeadjective

    not refined or processed

    "unrefined ore"; "crude oil"

  5. crude, primitive, rudeadjective

    belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness

    "the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man"; "primitive movies of the 1890s"; "primitive living conditions in the Appalachian mountains"

  6. blunt, crude(a), stark(a)adjective

    devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment

    "the blunt truth"; "the crude facts"; "facing the stark reality of the deadline"

  7. crude, rawadjective

    not processed or subjected to analysis

    "raw data"; "the raw cost of production"; "only the crude vital statistics"


  1. crudenoun

    Any substance in its natural state.

  2. crudenoun

    Crude oil.

  3. crudeadjective

    Being in a natural state.

    crude oil

  4. crudeadjective

    Characterized by simplicity, especially something not carefully or expertly made.

    a crude shelter

  5. crudeadjective

    Lacking concealing elements.

    a crude truth

  6. crudeadjective

    Lacking tact or taste.

    a crude remark

  7. crudeadjective

    Being in an unanalyzed form.

    crude data

  8. crudeadjective

    Immature or unripe.

  9. Etymology: From crude, from crudus, from krewa-. Cognate with hreaw. More at raw.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CRUDEadjective

    Etymology: crudus, Latin.

    Common crude salt, barely dissolved in common aqua fortis, will give it power of working upon gold. Robert Boyle, on Fluidity.

    Fermented liquors have quite different qualities from the plant itself; for no fruit, taken crude, has the intoxicating quality of wine. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    A juice so crude as cannot be ripened to the degree of nourishment. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 632.

    While the body, to be converted and altered, is too strong for the efficient that should convert or alter it, whereby it resisteth and holdeth fast, in some degree, the first form or consistence, it is, all that while, crude and inconcoct; and the process is to be called crudity and inconcoction. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    In a moment up they turned,
    Wide the celestial soil; and saw beneath
    Th’ originals of nature, in their crude
    Conception. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vi. l. 511.

    Deep vers’d in books, and shallow in himself,
    Crude, or intoxicate, collecting toys. John Milton, Paradise Reg.

    Others, whom meer ambition fires, and dole
    Of provinces abroad, which they have feign’d
    To their crude hopes, and I as amply promis’d. Ben Jonson.

    What peradventure may seem full to me, may appear very crude and maimed to a stranger. Kenelm Digby, on the Soul, Dedicat.

    Absurd expressions, crude abortive thoughts,
    All the lewd legions of exploded faults. Wentworth Dillon.


  1. crude

    Crude generally refers to something that is in a natural or raw state, not yet processed or refined. It can also refer to something or someone that is rudimentary, unpolished, unsophisticated, or lacking in tact or subtlety. Furthermore, in terms of behavior or language, crude can mean indecent or coarse.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crude

    in its natural state; not cooked or prepared by fire or heat; undressed; not altered, refined, or prepared for use by any artificial process; raw; as, crude flesh

  2. Crude

    unripe; not mature or perfect; immature

  3. Crude

    not reduced to order or form; unfinished; not arranged or prepared; ill-considered; immature

  4. Crude

    undigested; unconcocted; not brought into a form to give nourishment

  5. Crude

    having, or displaying, superficial and undigested knowledge; without culture or profundity; as, a crude reasoner

  6. Crude

    harsh and offensive, as a color; tawdry or in bad taste, as a combination of colors, or any design or work of art

  7. Etymology: [L. crudus raw; akin to cruor blood (which flows from a wound). See Raw, and cf. Cruel.]


  1. Crude

    Crude is the first studio album from Shetland based band Bongshang.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crude

    krōōd, adj. raw, unprepared: not reduced to order or form: unfinished: undigested: immature.—adv. Crude′ly.—ns. Crude′ness; Crud′ity, rawness: unripeness: that which is crude.—adj. Crud′y (Shak.), crude, raw. [L. crudus, raw.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crude' in Adjectives Frequency: #786

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crude in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of crude in a Sentence

  1. Tariq Zahir:

    There's seasonal crude de-stocking in December for tax purposes, so anyone heavily shorting WTI should be beware.

  2. John Auers:

    I think we will see some significant drawdowns in July and August, and that will help margins, i think $50 a barrel for crude oil will be the high water mark, so gas prices will remain low and we will have a record driving season this summer.

  3. John Kilduff:

    The rise in gasoline and distillate inventories will weigh on the complex further and should keep a lid on any rebound in crude oil prices from the surprise drawdown.

  4. Katie Yoder:

    If Hollywood stands for diversity -- if Hollywood stands for all women -- then it needs to include all female voices, it needs to include women that can be classy without being crude ; women who adhere to values and human dignity – maybe even ones who pray. Right now, Hollywood sends the message that only one kind of woman exists. One kind of woman is valued.

  5. Ursula Marchioni:

    As long as the crude price stabilizes in the next few months we expect to see some renewed interest in broad-market commodity ETPs given the significant weight energy has within these broad market indices.

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Translations for crude

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  • необработен, неузрял, незрял, прост, груб, суровBulgarian
  • cru, grollerCatalan, Valencian
  • nezralý, zřejmý, evidentní, jasný, surový, syrový, nedozrálý, prostý, neomalenýCzech
  • grob, roh, unfertigGerman
  • αδρός, άξεστος, αργός, ακατέργαστος, χονδροειδής, ανεπεξέργαστοςGreek
  • krudaEsperanto
  • خامPersian
  • karkea, yksinkertainenFinnish
  • cru, vulgaireFrench
  • גולמית, גולמיHebrew
  • durva, kezdetleges, éretlen, faragatlan, nyers, finomítatlanHungarian
  • volgare, ovvio, rustico, acerbo, greggio, grezzo, crudo, raffazzonato, sempliceItalian
  • ruw, vulgair, ongeraffineerd, rudimentair, grof, primitief, onafgewerkt, smakeloos, onbewerkt, naaktDutch
  • grovNorwegian
  • surowy, nieoczyszczony, prymitywnyPolish
  • cruPortuguese
  • грубый, необработанный, сыройRussian
  • plump, råämne, ohöljd, grov, oborstad, rå, enkel, oförblommerad, obearbetadSwedish
  • ముతక, నాటు, ముడిTelugu
  • خامہUrdu

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