Rude a. [Compar. Ruder superl. Rudest.]
1. Characterized by roughness; umpolished; raw; lacking delicacy or refinement; coarse.
Such gardening tools as art, yet rude, . . . had formed. --Milton.
2. Hence, specifically: (a) Unformed by taste or skill; not nicely finished; not smoothed or polished; -- said especially of material things; as, rude workmanship. “Rude was the cloth.”
Rude and unpolished stones. --Bp. Stillingfleet.
The heaven-born child
All meanly wrapt in the rude manger lies. --Milton.
(b) Of untaught manners; unpolished; of low rank; uncivil; clownish; ignorant; raw; unskillful; -- said of persons, or of conduct, skill, and the like. “Mine ancestors were rude.”
He was but rude in the profession of arms. --Sir H. Wotton.
the rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep. --Gray.
(c) Violent; tumultuous; boisterous; inclement; harsh; severe; -- said of the weather, of storms, and the like; as, the rude winter.
[Clouds] pushed with winds, rude in their shock. --Milton.
The rude agitation [of water] breaks it into foam. --Boyle.
(d) Barbarous; fierce; bloody; impetuous; -- said of war, conflict, and the like; as, the rude shock of armies. (e) 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. “The rude Irish books.”
Rude am I in my speech. --Shak.
Unblemished by my rude translation. --Dryden.
Syn: -- Impertinent; rough; uneven; shapeless; unfashioned; rugged; artless; unpolished; uncouth; inelegant; rustic; coarse; vulgar; clownish; raw; unskillful; untaught; illiterate; ignorant; uncivil; impolite; saucy; impudent; insolent; surly; currish; churlish; brutal; uncivilized; barbarous; savage; violent; fierce; tumultuous; turbulent; impetuous; boisterous; harsh; inclement; severe. See Impertiment.
-- Rude*ly adv. -- Rude*ness, n.
adj 1: socially incorrect in behavior; "resentment flared at such
an unmannered intrusion" [syn: ill-mannered, unmannered,
2: (of persons) lacking in refinement or grace [syn: ill-bred,
bounderish, lowbred, underbred, yokelish]
3: lacking civility or good manners; "want nothing from you but
to get away from your uncivil tongue"- Willa Cather [syn:
uncivil] [ant: civil]
4: (used especially of commodities) in the natural unprocessed
condition; "natural yogurt"; "natural produce"; "raw
wool"; "raw sugar"; "bales of rude cotton" [syn: natural,
5: 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" [syn: crude, primitive]