Webster 1913 Edition
[F., fr. L.
Characterized by roughness; umpolished; raw; lacking delicacy or refinement; coarse.
Such gardening tools as art, yet
rude, . . . had formed.
Unformed by taste or skill; not nicely finished; not smoothed or polished; – said especially of material things;“Rude was the cloth.”
Rudeand unpolished stones.
The heaven-born child
All meanly wrapt in the
All meanly wrapt in the
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
rudein the profession of arms.
Sir H. Wotton.
rudeforefathers of the hamlet sleep.
Violent; tumultuous; boisterous; inclement; harsh; severe; – said of the weather, of storms, and the like;
[Clouds] pushed with winds,
rudein their shock.
rudeagitation [of water] breaks it into foam.
Barbarous; fierce; bloody; impetuous; – said of war, conflict, and the like; as, the rude shock of armies.
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.”
Rudeam I in my speech.
Unblemished by my
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–
Webster 1828 Edition
1.rough; uneven; rugged; unformed by art; as rude workmanship, that is, roughly finished; rude and unpolished stones.
2.Rough; of coarse manners; unpolished; uncivil; clownish; rustic; as a rude countryman; rude behavior; rude treatment; a rude attack.
Ruffian, let go that rude uncivil touch.
3.Violent; tumultuous; boisterous; turbulent; as rude winds; the rude agitation of the sea.
4.violent; fierce; impetuous; as the rude shock of armies.
5.Harsh; inclement; as the rude winter.
6.Ignorant; untaught; savage; barbarous; as the rude natives of America or of New Holland; the rude ancestors of the Greeks.
7.Raw; untaught; ignorant; not skilled or practiced; as rude in speech; rude in arms.
8.Artless; inelegant; not polished; as a rude translation of Virgil.