Pronunciation: (rOOd),[key] —adj.,rud•er, rud•est. 1. discourteous or impolite, esp. in a deliberate way: a rude reply. 2. without culture, learning, or refinement: rude, illiterate peasants. 3. rough in manners or behavior; unmannerly; uncouth.
4. rough, harsh, or ungentle: rude hands. 5. roughly wrought, built, or formed; of a crude construction or kind: a rude cottage. 6. not properly or fully developed; raw; unevolved: a rude first stage of development. 7. harsh to the ear: rude sounds. 8. without artistic elegance; of a primitive simplicity: a rude design. 9. violent or tempestuous, as the waves.
10. robust, sturdy, or vigorous: rude strength. 11. approximate or tentative: a rude first calculation of costs.
Pronunciation: (ryd),[key] —n. Fran•çois Pronunciation: (frän-swa'),[key] 1784–1855, French sculptor.