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Meaning of “rude” in the English Dictionary

"rude" in British English

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rudeadjective

uk   us   /ruːd/
  • rude adjective (NOT POLITE)

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.B2 relating to ​sex or going to the ​toilet: He told a rude joke/​story.

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rudely
adverb uk   us   /ˈruːd.li/
C1 She rudely ​interrupted my ​speech. The ​news rudely ​pushed her into the ​glare of world-wide ​publicity.
rudeness
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈruːd.nəs/
(Definition of rude from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rude" in American English

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rudeadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /rud/
behaving in a way that ​hurts other people’s ​feelings; not ​polite: I ​apologized for Ted’s rude ​behavior. I ​thought it was rude of him not to ​introduce me.
sudden and ​unpleasant: I’ve ​lived in Texas most of my ​life, so it was a rude ​awakening when I moved to New York.
rudely
adverb  us   /ˈrud·li/
rudeness
noun [U]  us   /ˈrud·nəs/
He ​asked too many ​questions, and his ​curiosity verged on rudeness.
(Definition of rude from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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