Meaning of CRUDE in English


I. crude 1 /kruːd/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: crudus 'raw, rough, cruel' ]

1 . not exact or without any detail, but generally correct and useful ⇨ approximate :

a crude estimate of the population available for work

2 . not developed to a high standard, or made with little skill:

a crude wooden bridge

crude workmanship

3 . offensive or rude, especially in a sexual way SYN vulgar :

crude pictures

His language was often crude.

4 . [only before noun] crude oil, rubber etc is in its natural or raw condition before it is treated with chemicals

5 . in crude terms expressed in a simple way:

Private morality, in crude terms, is not the law’s business.

—crudely adverb :

crudely built shacks

—crudeness noun [uncountable]

—crudity noun [uncountable and countable]

II. crude 2 BrE AmE ( also ˌcrude ˈoil ) noun [uncountable]

oil that is in its natural condition, as it comes out of an ↑ oil well , before it is made more pure or separated into different products:

1,000 barrels of crude

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