crude (adj.)

late 14c., "in a raw or unprepared state" (of coarse bread or untanned hide), from Latin crudus "rough; not cooked, raw, bloody," from PIE *krue-do-, from PIE root *kreue- "raw flesh." Meaning "lacking grace, socially unrefined" is attested by 1640s. Related: Crudely; crudeness. Crude oil, which is in its natural state and unrefined, is from 1865.

updated on May 20, 2018

Definitions of crude from WordNet
crude (adj.)
devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment;
the crude facts
Synonyms: blunt / stark
crude (adj.)
not carefully or expertly made;
managed to make a crude splint
a crude cabin of logs with bark still on them
Synonyms: rough
crude (adj.)
conspicuously and tastelessly indecent;
a crude joke
crude behavior
Synonyms: earthy / gross / vulgar
crude (adj.)
belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness;
the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man
Synonyms: primitive / rude
crude (adj.)
not processed or subjected to analysis;
only the crude vital statistics
Synonyms: raw
crude (adj.)
not refined or processed;
crude oil
Synonyms: unrefined / unprocessed
crude (n.)
a dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons;
Synonyms: petroleum / crude oil / rock oil / fossil oil / oil
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