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English definition of “rude”

rude

adjective     /ruːd/
OFFENSIVE B1 behaving in a way that is not polite and upsets people: a rude remark He complained that a member of staff had been rude to him. [+ to do sth] It would be rude to leave without saying goodbye.Rude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desire
SEXUAL/TOILET Rude words or jokes relate to sex or going to the toilet.Relating to sex and sexual desireRude and cheeky
rudely adverb rudeness noun [U] → See also a rude awakening
(Definition of rude adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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