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Rude describes a behavior that shows bad manners, or someone who is not polite. It can also be used to refer to things that are undeveloped or rough¬looking.
Ex: I could just not believe how rude he was to his friend. He did not even thank him for giving him a ride to work; he just slammed the door and walked away.
Ex: They stayed in a rude cabin in the woods while on vacation; it was made of logs and did not have running water or electricity.
If you have a rude awakening or if you are in for a rude awakening, you have a severe shock when you discover the truth of a situation.
Ex: Elizabeth is in for a rude awakening when she moves out of her parents house and has to start paying her own bills and looking after herself.
Ex: Mr. Chesterton is going to have a rude awakening when he sees his credit card bill this month, because his daughter went on a back ¬to¬ school shopping spree.


Cheeky describes behavior that is a little rude, but is done in a way that makes it cute or funny. It is similar to the word mischievous.
Ex: His parents thought the four¬ year¬ old little boy was cheeky when he splashed water on them from his bath, but when he dumped a cup of it on the floor they got angry.
Ex: My six¬ year¬ old niece, Angelina, is such a cheeky little monkey! She calls me Uncle JuJu instead of Uncle Jeffrey, and begs me for presents whenever I visit.
When someone is being rude, you can also say they have cheek. This is more negative than calling someone cheeky.
Ex: Christopher called and invited me to his wife's birthday party, then called back the next day to cancel the invitation! What a cheek!
Ex: Marla showed such cheek to her boss. She told him she would not work on Mondays and would never stay later than five in the afternoon.

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