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Dictionary Definition

crude adj
1 not carefully or expertly made; "managed to make a crude splint"; "a crude cabin of logs with bark still on them"; "rough carpentry" [syn: rough]
2 conspicuously and tastelessly indecent; "coarse language"; "a crude joke"; "crude behavior"; "an earthy sense of humor"; "a revoltingly gross expletive"; "a vulgar gesture"; "full of language so vulgar it should have been edited" [syn: coarse, earthy, gross, vulgar]
3 not refined or processed; "unrefined ore"; "crude oil" [syn: unrefined, unprocessed] [ant: refined]
4 belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness; "the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man"; "primitive movies of the 1890s"; "primitive living conditions in the Appalachian mountains" [syn: primitive, rude]
5 devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment; "the blunt truth"; "the crude facts"; "facing the stark reality of the deadline" [syn: blunt, crude(a), stark(a)]
6 not processed or subjected to analysis; "raw data"; "the raw cost of production"; "only the crude vital statistics" [syn: raw] n : a dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons [syn: petroleum, crude oil, rock oil, fossil oil]

User Contributed Dictionary



From kru:d/



  1. Being in a natural state.
    crude oil
  2. Characterized by simplicity, especially something not carefully or expertly made.
    a crude shelter
  3. Lacking concealing elements.
    a crude truth
  4. Lacking tact or taste.
    a crude remark
  5. Being in an unanalyzed form.
    crude data
  6. Immature or unripe.




being in a natural state
characterized by simplicity
lacking concealing elements
lacking tact or taste
statistics: in an unanalyzed form
archaic: immature or unripe
See immature or unripe
Translations to be checked

Derived terms


  1. Any substance in its natural state.
  2. See crude oil


any substance in its natural state



crude f plural
  1. feminine plural of crudo

Extensive Definition

Crude can refer to:
crude in Spanish: Crudo

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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