Meaning of “rude” in the English Dictionary

"rude" in British English

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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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adverb uk /ˈruː us /ˈruː


She rudely interrupted my speech.
The news rudely pushed her into the glare of world-wide publicity.
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/

rude adjective [ -er/-est only ] (NOT POLITE)

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.

rude adjective [ -er/-est only ] (SUDDEN)

sudden and unpleasant:

I’ve lived in Texas most of my life, so it was a rude awakening when I moved to New York.
adverb us /ˈrud·li/
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)