|Origin:||crudus 'raw, rough, cruel'|
not exact or without any detail, but generally correct and useful [↪ approximate]:
a crude estimate of the population available for work
not developed to a high standard, or made with little skill:
a crude wooden bridge
offensive or rude, especially in a sexual way [= vulgar]:
His language was often crude.
4TI [only before noun]
crude oil, rubber etc is in its natural or raw condition before it is treated with chemicals
expressed in a simple way:
Private morality, in crude terms, is not the law's business.
crudely built shacks
—crudeness noun [uncountable]
—crudity noun [uncountable and countable]