Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “rude”

rude

adjective (NOT POLITE)    /ruːd/
B1 not polite; offensive or embarrassing: He's a very rude man. It's rude not to say "Thank you" when you are given something. He's got no manners - he's rude to everyone.Rude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desire B2 relating to sex or going to the toilet: He told a rude joke/story.Relating to sex and sexual desireRude and cheeky rudely     /ˈruːd.li/ adverb C1 She rudely interrupted my speech. The news rudely pushed her into the glare of world-wide publicity.Rude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desireNot expected or plannedCrude and basic rudeness     /ˈruːd.nəs/ noun [U]
(Definition of rude adjective (NOT POLITE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of rude

Definitions of “rude” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

well in (with)

to have a good relationship with someone in which they like you and from which you get an advantage

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More