RTS = R = runes

rude [WPI] adj.

1. (of a program) Badly written. 2. Functionally poor, e.g., a program that is very difficult to use because of gratuitously poor (random?) design decisions. Oppose cuspy. 3. Anything that manipulates a shared resource without regard for its other users in such a way as to cause a (non-fatal) problem. Examples: programs that change tty modes without resetting them on exit, or windowing programs that keep forcing themselves to the top of the window stack. Compare all-elbows.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

Rude (?), a. [Compar. Ruder (?); superl. Rudest.] [F., fr. L. rudis.]


Characterized by roughness; umpolished; raw; lacking delicacy or refinement; coarse.

Such gardening tools as art, yet rude, . . . had formed. Milton.

2. Hence, specifically: (a)

Unformed by taste or skill; not nicely finished; not smoothed or polished; -- said especially of material things; as, rude workmanship.

"Rude was the cloth."


Rude and unpolished stones. Bp. Stillingfleet.

The heaven-born child All meanly wrapt in the rude manger lies. Milton.


Of untaught manners; unpolished; of low rank; uncivil; clownish; ignorant; raw; unskillful; -- said of persons, or of conduct, skill, and the like

. "Mine ancestors were rude." <-- impolite. -->


He was but rude in the profession of arms. Sir H. Wotton.

the rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep. Gray.


Violent; tumultuous; boisterous; inclement; harsh; severe; -- said of the weather, of storms, and the like; as, the rude winter.

[Clouds] pushed with winds, rude in their shock. Milton.

The rude agitation [of water] breaks it into foam. Boyle.


Barbarous; fierce; bloody; impetuous; -- said of war, conflict, and the like; as, the rude shock of armies

. (e)

Not finished or complete; inelegant; lacking chasteness or elegance; not in good taste; unsatisfactory in mode of treatment; -- said of literature, language, style, and the like

. "The rude Irish books."


Rude am I in my speech. Shak.

Unblemished by my rude translation. Dryden.

Syn. -- Impertinent; rough; uneven; shapeless; unfashioned; rugged; artless; unpolished; uncouth; inelegant; rustic; coarse; vulgar; clownish; raw; unskillful; untaught; illiterate; ignorant; uncivil; impolite; saucy; impudent; insolent; surly; currish; churlish; brutal; uncivilized; barbarous; savage; violent; fierce; tumultuous; turbulent; impetuous; boisterous; harsh; inclement; severe. See Impertiment.

-- Rude"ly (#), adv. -- Rude"ness, n.


© Webster 1913.

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