WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
crude /krud/USA pronunciation   adj., crud•er, crud•est, n. 

  • in a raw or unrefined state:crude sugar; crude oil.
  • showing a lack of polish or skill;
    undeveloped:a crude shelter; a crude drawing.
  • lacking culture, refinement, etc.;
    vulgar:crude behavior.

  • n. [uncountable]
  • Chemistry crude oil.
  • crude•ly,adv. 
    crude•ness,n. [uncountable]

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    crude  (kro̅o̅d), 
    adj., crud•er, crud•est, n. 

  • in a raw or unprepared state;
    unrefined or natural:crude sugar.
  • lacking in intellectual subtlety, perceptivity, etc.; rudimentary;
  • lacking finish, polish, or completeness:a crude summary.
  • lacking culture, refinement, tact, etc.:crude behavior.
  • undisguised; blunt:a crude answer.
  • [Obs.]unripe;
    not mature.

  • n. 
  • ChemistrySee crude oil. 
  • Etymology:
    • Latin crūdus uncooked, raw, bleeding, rough, akin to cruor blood from a wound; see raw
    • Middle English 1350–1400
    crudely, adv. 
    crudeness, n. 
    1, 4 . refined.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    crude /kruːd/ adj
    1. lacking taste, tact, or refinement; vulgar: a crude joke
    2. in a natural or unrefined state
    3. lacking care, knowledge, or skill: a crude sketch
    4. (prenominal) stark; blunt
    1. short for crude oil
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin crūdus bloody, raw; related to Latin cruor blood

    ˈcrudely adv ˈcrudity, ˈcrudeness n

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