from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being in an unrefined or natural state; raw.
  • adj. Lacking tact or taste; blunt or offensive: a crude, mannerless oaf; a crude remark.
  • adj. Characterized by uncultured simplicity; lacking in sophistication or subtlety: had only a crude notion of how a computer works.
  • adj. Not carefully or skillfully made; rough: a quick, crude sketch.
  • adj. Undisguised or unadorned; plain: must face the crude truth.
  • adj. Statistics In an unanalyzed form; not adjusted to allow for related circumstances or data.
  • adj. Archaic Unripe or immature.
  • n. A substance, especially petroleum, in its unrefined state.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Being in a natural state.
  • adj. Characterized by simplicity, especially something not carefully or expertly made.
  • adj. Lacking concealing elements.
  • adj. Lacking tact or taste.
  • adj. Being in an unanalyzed form.
  • adj. Immature or unripe.
  • n. Any substance in its natural state.
  • n. Crude oil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. In its natural state; not cooked or prepared by fire or heat; undressed; not altered, refined, or prepared for use by any artificial process; raw.
  • adj. Unripe; not mature or perfect; immature.
  • adj. Not reduced to order or form; unfinished; not arranged or prepared; ill-considered; immature.
  • adj. Undigested; unconcocted; not brought into a form to give nourishment.
  • adj. Having, or displaying, superficial and undigested knowledge; without culture or profundity.
  • adj. Harsh and offensive, as a color; tawdry or in bad taste, as a combination of colors, or any design or work of art.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Being in a raw or unprepared state; not fitted for use by cooking, manufacture, or the like; not altered, refined, or prepared by any artificial process; not wrought: as, crude vegetables; the crude materials of the earth; crude salt; crude ore.
  • Hence 3. Unrefined; unpolished; coarse; rough; gross: as, crude manners or speech; a crude feast.
  • Not worked into the proper form; lacking finish, polish, proper arrangement, or completeness; hence, exhibiting lack of knowledge or skill; imperfect: said of things: as, a crude painting; a crude theory; a crude attempt.
  • Characterized by lack of sufficient knowledge or skill; unable to produce what is finished, polished, or complete: said of persons.
  • Synonyms Raw. Crude. See raw.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not carefully or expertly made
  • adj. belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness
  • adj. conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
  • adj. not refined or processed
  • adj. devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment
  • adj. not processed or subjected to analysis
  • n. a dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Latin crūdus; see kreuə- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English crude, from Latin crūdus ("raw, bloody, uncooked, undigested, crude"), from Proto-Indo-European *krewa- (“raw meat, fresh blood”). Cognate with Old English hrēaw ("raw, uncooked"). More at raw.


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  • Polanski's backers, ranging from fellow directors to French culture and foreign ministers, criticized U.S. and Los Angeles judicial authorities for seeking what they called crude revenge against a major artist who deserved more respect.

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  • Reverend Jesse Jackson is apologizing for what he calls crude and hurtful comments about Barack Obama.

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  • The Reverend Jesse Jackson apologizing to Senator Barack Obama for making what he calls crude comments that were picked up by a live television microphone.

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  • LEMON: Well, what he said to me earlier -- and we're going to talk to him in just a little bit, we've just got him on the phone, Wolf -- he said that he made some crude -- what he called crude and hurtful comments that he much rather have made to the senator in private.

    CNN Transcript Jul 9, 2008

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  • But what we call crude forms are often in reality germinal forms; and one or other of these flowered at once into the practical conclusion that God must know all his trouble, and would work for him a worthy peace.


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  • The congressman, though crude is absolutely correct.

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  • In the January-September period, operating profit from Sinopec's refining business fell 61% to 8.49 billi on Chinese yuan ($1.27 billion) due to rising fuel costs and government controls on fuel product prices, despite a rise of more than 14% in crude processing volumes.

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  • Dearest and Most Honourable Dinner Invitee,

    Pray absorb this snippet of mnemonic repartee:

    If you had expected an overly generous portion of prosciutto crudo,

    You should not have requested it in manner so crude. Oh!

    March 27, 2009

  • Bilby, I know you can write some amusing phrase that will help remember this false friend. (*smiles*)

    March 27, 2009

  • I like crudités.

    March 27, 2009

  • Crudo, in Italian, means simply uncooked. It does not equate to the English crude.

    March 27, 2009