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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ill-mannered, bad-mannered, rude, unmannered, unmannerlyadjective

    socially incorrect in behavior

    "resentment flared at such an unmannered intrusion"

  2. ill-bred, bounderish, lowbred, rude, underbred, yokelishadjective

    (of persons) lacking in refinement or grace

  3. uncivil, rudeadjective

    lacking civility or good manners

    "want nothing from you but to get away from your uncivil tongue"- Willa Cather

  4. natural, raw(a), rude(a)adjective

    (used especially of commodities) being unprocessed or manufactured using only simple or minimal processes

    "natural yogurt"; "natural produce"; "raw wool"; "raw sugar"; "bales of rude cotton"

  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"


  1. rudeadjective

    Bad mannered.

  2. rudeadjective

    Obscene, pornographic, offensive.

  3. rudeadjective

    Tough, robust.

  4. rudeadjective

    Undeveloped, unskilled, basic.

  5. rudeadjective

    Hearty, vigorous; .

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


  1. rude

    Rudeness (also called effrontery) is a display of actual or perceived disrespect by not complying with the social norms or etiquette of a group or culture. These norms have been established as the essential boundaries of normally accepted behavior. To be unable or unwilling to align one's behavior with these norms known to the general population of what is socially acceptable is to be rude and are enforced as though they were a sort of social law, with social repercussions or rewards for violators or advocates, respectively. Rudeness, "constituted by deviation from whatever counts as politic in a given social context, is inherently confrontational and disruptive to social equilibrium". Rudeness, particularly with respect to speech, is necessarily confrontational at its core. Forms of rudeness include acting inconsiderate, insensitive, deliberately offensive, impolite, obscenity, profanity and violating taboos such as deviancy. In some cases, an act of rudeness can go so far as to be a crime, for example, the crime of hate speech.


  1. rude

    Rude refers to behavior or language that lacks consideration for others, is impolite, disrespectful or offensive. It is often associated with bad manners, insolence, or offensively intrusive or abrupt actions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rude

    characterized by roughness; umpolished; raw; lacking delicacy or refinement; coarse

  2. Rude

    unformed by taste or skill; not nicely finished; not smoothed or polished; -- said especially of material things; as, rude workmanship

  3. Rude

    of untaught manners; unpolished; of low rank; uncivil; clownish; ignorant; raw; unskillful; -- said of persons, or of conduct, skill, and the like

  4. Rude

    violent; tumultuous; boisterous; inclement; harsh; severe; -- said of the weather, of storms, and the like; as, the rude winter

  5. Rude

    barbarous; fierce; bloody; impetuous; -- said of war, conflict, and the like; as, the rude shock of armies

  6. Rude

    not finished or complete; inelegant; lacking chasteness or elegance; not in good taste; unsatisfactory in mode of treatment; -- said of literature, language, style, and the like

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rude

    rōōd (comp. Ru′der, superl. Ru′dest), adj. crude: uncultivated: barbarous: rough: harsh: ignorant: uncivil: not smoothed: of low rank: mean: savage: brutal: ferocious: ill-bred: boorish: stormy: robust: not in good taste.—adj. Rude′-grow′ing, rough: wild.—adv. Rude′ly.—ns. Rude′ness; Rudes′by (Shak.), an uncivil fellow. [Fr.,—L. rudis, rough.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. rude

    1. (of a program) Badly written. 2. Functionally poor, e.g., a program that is very difficult to use because of gratuitously poor (random?) design decisions. Oppose cuspy. 3. Anything that manipulates a shared resource without regard for its other users in such a way as to cause a (non-fatal) problem. Examples: programs that change tty modes without resetting them on exit, or windowing programs that keep forcing themselves to the top of the window stack.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. RUDE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rude is ranked #7174 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Rude surname appeared 4,661 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Rude.

    95% or 4,431 total occurrences were White.
    1.8% or 86 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 63 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 31 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 31 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 19 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rude' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2914

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rude' in Adjectives Frequency: #1025

Anagrams for rude »

  1. dure

  2. rued

  3. duer

  4. urde

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rude in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of rude in a Sentence

  1. Tom Pennington/Getty Images:

    I had rude awakenings being where everyone loved me and I was on top of the world, I felt like. And then in one stupid night ... gone. I was like the worst guy in the world or something at one point.

  2. Ramani Durvasula:

    [ Narcissists ] wo n’t look them in the eye, are downright rude or dismissive, raise their voice for even a small slight, and may rapidly demand to see the manager.

  3. Stephen Richer:

    This has been a very rude awakening into what politics has become. And if I'm not part of it four years from now, so be it. I can do other things that'll make me happy, what prompted me now ? I am tired of my people -- who are good people, who are my friends -- being defamed. It's just not right.

  4. Aleah Colón-Alfonso:

    ' I'm not rude, I'm just immunocompromised' was a direct quote of what I wanted to say to every person I socially distanced myself from, the phrase is essentially a shortened version of' I really don't want to be rude -- but I also really don't want to end up on a ventilator !'.

  5. Tennessee Titans:

    Real quick, I want to say I am sorry for the way I handled the press conference, I know not everybody that was there is here. But I was rude and inappropriate, and I just want to say I apologize for it.

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