Definitions of crude

  1. devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment; " the blunt truth"; " the crude facts"; " facing the stark reality of the deadline"
  2. a dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons
  3. 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"
  4. not carefully or expertly made; " managed to make a crude splint"; " a crude cabin of logs with bark still on them"; " rough carpentry"
  5. not processed or subjected to analysis; " raw data"; " the raw cost of production"; " only the crude vital statistics"
  6. 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"
  7. 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; as, crude flesh.
  8. Unripe; not mature or perfect; immature.
  9. Not reduced to order or form; unfinished; not arranged or prepared; ill- considered; immature.
  10. Having, or displaying, superficial and undigested knowledge; without culture or profundity; as, a crude reasoner.
  11. Harsh and offensive, as a color; tawdry or in bad taste, as a combination of colors, or any design or work of art.
  12. Being in a raw, unprepared state; in a natural state; as, all metals are crude when taken out of the earth; unripe; raw; immature; uncultured; as, crude manners; wanting in grace or taste; harsh in color.
  13. Crudely.
  14. Raw, unprepared: not reduced to order or form: unfinished: undigested: immature.
  15. Raw; unripe; unfinished.
  16. Not mature; raw; unripe; superficial; unfinished.
  17. Raw; in its natural state; unripe; not digested; immature as regards ideas; imperfectly considered and developed; ill arranged, applied to a picture when the colours do not blend or harmonize.
  18. In a raw, unprepared state; rough; imperfect; clumsy; hasty; not matured.

Usage examples for crude

  1. It makes no difference how you have quarrelled with these miners in a strike; it makes no difference that once you felt like murdering them in bulk, it is impossible to follow them day after day through the working of a coal- mine without seeing something heroic in their crude bent figures. – Seeds of Pine by Janey Canuck
  2. I saw the old thief give one of the copies to a literary man from San Francisco, telling him, cheerfully, as he did, that he dashed the article off hastily, that most of the language was crude and awkward, but it might entertain him a little on the train going to San Francisco. – The Comstock Club by Charles Carroll Goodwin
  3. My later studies have changed many of my earlier crude notions concerning the development of woman. – The Woman's Bible Part I. Comments on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Part II. Comments on the Old and New Testaments from Joshua to Revelation. by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  4. Struck me as rather crude. – The Doctor A Tale Of The Rockies by Ralph Connor
  5. The mistakes naturally arising from such crude beginnings, when meeting gigantic responsibilities in quick succession, ought to have excited pathos as well as censure. – The Life of Lyman Trumbull by Horace White
  6. A wrought- iron poker hung from a rack in the hearth, and, his face set like a mask, Paul took the crude weapon in his hand, and slowly raised his head until he was looking up at the oil- painting above the mantelpiece. – The Orchard of Tears by Sax Rohmer
  7. " You don't often come down to anything as crude as that, Wetmore," Ludlow said. – The Coast of Bohemia by William Dean Howells
  8. The play is interesting, and at times amusing, even to a modern reader; but to those who witnessed its performance at Blackfriars, and, two years later, at the Court, it would appear as a marvel of wit and dramatic power after the crude material which had hitherto been offered to them. – John Lyly by John Dover Wilson
  9. I wash the trees three times a year with a solution of soft- soap suds and crude carbolic acid. – The Apple by Various
  10. This is best added to crude material from another run. – Organic-Syntheses by Conant, James Bryant
  11. He saw a crude camp in the bottom of the Canyon. – The Enchanted Canyon by Honoré Willsie Morrow
  12. 7. They had never really cared for the people whom they were so anxious to disturb with their crude notions of religion. – School History of North Carolina by John W. Moore
  13. Upon the boards and posts, beasts and birds were carved in a curious but crude manner, and pretty well proportioned. – Pioneers in Canada by Sir Harry Johnston
  14. It seemed to her that her methods with Ted were crude compared with her management of Wyndham. – Audrey Craven by May Sinclair
  15. And if those fellows could only be content to let well enough alone, to continue buying their crude steel from us, there wouldn't be any trouble. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  16. But my mother said she was crude. – My Little Sister by Elizabeth Robins
  17. " It's as vulgar and crude as money can make it. – Their Silver Wedding Journey by William Dean Howells