Definition of crude adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kruːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kruːd//
    (cruder, crudest) The power industry, Describing unpleasant traits
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  1. 1simple and not very accurate but giving a general idea of something In crude terms, the causes of mental illness seem to be of three main kinds.
  2. 2(of objects or works of art) simply made, not showing much skill or attention to detail a crude drawing of a face
  3. 3(of people or the way they behave) offensive or rude, especially about sex synonym vulgar crude jokes/language See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits
  4. 4[usually before noun] (of oil and other natural substances) in its natural state, before it has been treated with chemicals crude oil/metal See related entries: The power industry
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin crudus ‘raw, rough’.
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