[syn: crude, primitive, rude]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rude \Rude\, a. [Compar. Ruder; superl. Rudest.] [F., fr. L.
1. Characterized by roughness; umpolished; raw; lacking
delicacy or refinement; coarse.
Such gardening tools as art, yet rude, . . . had
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.
The heaven-born child
All meanly wrapt in the rude manger lies.
(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." --Chaucer.
He was but rude in the profession of arms. --Sir
the rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.
(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.
The rude agitation [of water] breaks it into
(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." --Spenser.
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.
[1913 Webster] -- Rude"ly, adv. -- Rude"ness, n.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: socially incorrect in behavior; "resentment flared at
such an unmannered intrusion" [syn: ill-mannered, bad-
mannered, rude, unmannered, unmannerly]
2: (of persons) lacking in refinement or grace [syn: ill-bred,
bounderish, lowbred, rude, underbred, yokelish]
3: lacking civility or good manners; "want nothing from you but
to get away from your uncivil tongue"- Willa Cather [syn:
uncivil, rude] [ant: civil, polite]
4: (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" [syn: natural, raw(a), rude(a)]
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,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
289 Moby Thesaurus words for "rude":
Doric, Gothic, Philistine, angular, approximate, arrested, artless,
awkward, backward, barbaric, barbarous, bare, baseborn, basic,
bawdy, below the salt, benighted, biggety, bluff, bold, bookless,
boorish, bouncing, brash, brassy, brazen, brusque, bumbling,
cacophonic, cacophonous, callow, cheeky, choked, churlish,
chutzpadik, clownish, clumsy, coarse, cockney, cocky, common,
commonplace, contemptuous, crabbed, cracked, crass, croaking,
croaky, crude, crusty, curt, deceived, derisive, dirty, discordant,
discourteous, disharmonic, disharmonious, disrespectful, doggerel,
dry, dysphemistic, earthy, embryonic, empty-headed, facy, filthy,
flip, flippant, flush, fresh, functionally illiterate, gally,
gauche, gaudy, graceless, grammarless, gratuitous, green, gross,
gruff, guttural, hale, hale and hearty, hardy, harsh,
harsh-sounding, hearty, heathen, hoarse, homely, homespun,
hoodwinked, humble, husky, ill, ill-bred, ill-educated,
ill-mannered, illiterate, imperfect, impertinent, impolite,
imprecise, improper, impudent, impure, in bad taste, in embryo,
in ovo, in the rough, inaccurate, inaffable, inartistic,
inconcinnate, inconcinnous, incorrect, indecent, indecorous,
indelicate, inelegant, inexact, inexpert, infelicitous, inharmonic,
inharmonious, insolent, insulting, intrusive, inurbane,
know-nothing, led astray, lewd, loud, loutish, low, lowborn,
lowbred, lowbrow, lowly, lubricious, lubricous, lumpy, lusty,
makeshift, malapert, mannerless, mean, meddlesome, meretricious,
metallic, misinformed, misinstructed, misshapen, mistaught,
naughty, nervy, nonclerical, nonintellectual, oafish, obscene,
offensive, ordinary, outlandish, outrageous, oversimple, pagan,
pert, plain, plebeian, pornographic, primitive, proximate, ragged,
raucid, raucous, raw, reductionistic, reductive, ribald, robust,
robustious, robustuous, rough, rough-hewn, roughcast, roughhewn,
roupy, rudimental, rudimentary, rugged, sassy, saucy, savage,
shabby-genteel, simple, simplistic, smart, smart-alecky, smart-ass,
smutty, squawking, squawky, stalwart, stertorous, stout, strangled,
strong, stunted, sturdy, surly, taboo, tactless, tasteless, thick,
third-estate, throaty, tinny, unaccommodating, unblown, unbooked,
unbookish, unbooklearned, unbriefed, uncalled-for, unceremonious,
uncivil, uncivilized, uncomplaisant, unconversant, uncourteous,
uncourtly, uncouth, uncultivated, uncultured, uncut,
underdeveloped, undeveloped, undignified, undressed, unedified,
uneducated, unerudite, uneuphonious, unfashioned, unfelicitous,
unfinished, unformed, ungallant, ungenteel, ungentlemanly,
ungraceful, ungracious, unguided, unhandsome, unharmonious, unhewn,
uninstructed, unintellectual, unlabored, unladylike, unlearned,
unlettered, unlicked, unliterary, unmannered, unmannerly,
unpolished, unpolite, unpracticed, unprocessed, unread, unrefined,
unscholarly, unschooled, unseemly, unskilled, unstudious, untaught,
untreated, untutored, unversed, unworked, unwrought, vigorous,
vital, vulgar, wild, wise-ass
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
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.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
[WPI] 1. Badly written or functionally poor, e.g. a program
that is very difficult to use because of gratuitously poor
design decisions. Opposite: cuspy.
2. 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. Compare