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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin rudis 'raw, rough'

rude

adjective
     
rude comparative ruder, superlative rudest
1 speaking or behaving in a way that is not polite and is likely to offend or annoy people [= impolite; ≠ polite]:
a rude remark
I didn't mean to be rude, but I had to leave early.
rude to
Why are you so rude to her?
it is rude to do something
It's rude to stare.
2 rude jokes, words, songs etc are about sex [= dirty American English]
3

rude awakening/shock

a situation in which you suddenly realize something unpleasant:
If they expect the match to be friendly, they're in for a rude awakening.
4

in rude health

British English old-fashioned very healthy
5 literary made in a simple basic way:
a rude wooden hut
rudely adverb:
We were rudely awakened by the storm.
He answered me very rudely.
rudeness noun [uncountable]

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