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English definition of “crude”


adjective [-er/-est only]  /krud/ us  

crude adjective [-er/-est only] (SIMPLE)

simple and not skillfully done or made: He made a crude table out of an old crate.

crude adjective [-er/-est only] (RUDE)

rude and offensive: a crude joke/remark crude, barbaric men
(Definition of crude from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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