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"rude" in British English

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rudeadjective

uk   /ruːd/ 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   /ˈruːd.li/ 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   /ˈruːd.nəs/ 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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