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Meaning & Definition of Crude in English





1. A dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons

  • petroleum,
  • crude oil,
  • crude,
  • rock oil,
  • fossil oil,
  • oil


1. Not carefully or expertly made

  • "Managed to make a crude splint"
  • "A crude cabin of logs with bark still on them"
  • "Rough carpentry"
  • crude,
  • 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"
  • crude,
  • earthy,
  • gross,
  • vulgar

3. Not refined or processed

  • "Unrefined ore"
  • "Crude oil"
  • unrefined,
  • unprocessed,
  • crude

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"
  • crude,
  • primitive,
  • rude

5. Devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment

  • "The blunt truth"
  • "The crude facts"
  • "Facing the stark reality of the deadline"
  • blunt,
  • crude(a),
  • stark(a)

6. Not processed or subjected to analysis

  • "Raw data"
  • "The raw cost of production"
  • "Only the crude vital statistics"
  • crude,
  • raw

Examples of using

Don't tell crude jokes in the presence of my father.
Tom said something crude about the way Mary was dressed.
Japan imports great quantities of crude oil.