Adjective "rude" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Offensively impolite or bad-mannered.
  1. 'he is a rude and arrogant bully'
  2. 'How rude of me, rambling on about my brother when you don't even know my name!'
  3. 'It was rude of them to talk and leave him just standing there.'
  4. 'It would have been rude to refuse the offer, even though the bar's whiskey would undoubtedly fall short of his usual standards.'
  5. 'She instantly felt guilty for the times she had been rude to him.'
  6. '‘It was still awfully rude of you,’ Elizabeth replied bluntly.'
  7. 'If Cate believed in something strongly enough to confront me about it, it would be rude of me not to consider it fairly.'
  8. '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.'
  9. 'It may have been rude of me to ask, but because of reasons of my own, I had to know.'
  10. 'It is rude of them to be asking you about your religion.'
  11. 'I have also learned from other patients that it was not the first time the receptionist had been rude to patients.'
  12. 'Graham giggled at every rude joke'
  13. 'Some of the jokes were rude, others corny, and some a tad funny.'
  14. 'Unfortunately, rude gestures also create the impression that other anti-social behaviours are somehow acceptable.'
  15. 'I was once on a crowded Muni bus, wherein someone made a loud, rude, and embarrassing sound.'
  16. 'Advertisers of pornographic content are prohibited from using rude words in the subject line of sexually explicit images.'
  17. 'You shouldn't be making rude gestures to people!'
  18. 'Expect lots of rude jokes, political provocation, and more than a few references that would offend if they weren't so funny.'
  19. 'The ‘okay’ sign (touching your finger to your thumb) is considered a rude gesture in Peru.'
  20. 'Sex to the adults of my youth was embarrassing, rude or funny.'
  21. '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.'
  22. 'But then I glanced behind me and saw her making rude hand gestures at my back.'
Having a startling abruptness.
  1. 'A three-year courtship enabled them to paint realistic portraits of one another, lessening the chances of a rude awakening after marriage.'
  2. 'Delude ourselves into that kind of thinking however and a rude awakening will await us.'
  3. 'For the intellectuals and the urban lower middle class, the new situation was a rude awakening of disillusionment and broken promises.'
  4. 'This rude awakening came from underestimating the non-designer's understanding of design principals.'
  5. 'The sharp downturn in the US economy has brought a rude awakening to many in the IT sector.'
  6. '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.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'Well let's just say the happy couple is about to get a rude awakening.'
  9. 'But we were in for a rude awakening when a savage thunder and lightning storm struck right over the stadium during the match.'
  10. 'The next three years will see a rude awakening for Baikal.'
Vigorous or hearty.
  1. 'This year has found the pop group in rude health, building on the momentum of their self-titled debut album selling 270,000 copies.'
  2. 'Sue Smith is another trainer who has her horses in rude health.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'The five-year-old is in rude health at present, as she showed when scoring handsomely at Ayr on her latest start.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'The vast media conglomerates looking to take over the online music market are in rude health.'
  7. 'He is in such rude health at present that it is difficult to ignore his claims.'
  8. 'The horse has bounced back to rude health lately, winning at Ayr and Pontefract in the style of a rejuvenated character.'
  9. 'A big jump in new database license sales shows a company in rude health.'
  10. '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.'
Roughly made or done; lacking sophistication.
  1. 'He seemed rude and rough like a devil on the outside, but I guess he was a real angel in the inside.'
  2. 'the new religion was first promulgated by rude men'


1. discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way: a rude reply.

2. without culture, learning, or refinement: rude, illiterate peasants.

3. rough in manners or behavior; unmannerly; uncouth.

4. rough, harsh, or ungentle: rude hands.

5. roughly wrought, built, or formed; of a crude construction or kind: a rude cottage.

6. not properly or fully developed; raw; unevolved: a rude first stage of development.

7. harsh to the ear: rude sounds.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be rude to people."

"people can be rude in/at/on todays."

"people can be rude to orchestras."

"people can be rude to friends."

"violets can be rude about people."

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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’.