How do you say RUDE in Italian?

How exactly do you say rude in Italian?

In this lesson, we will take a look at the different words you can use to talk about being rude in Italian and you will even learn some interesting facts featuring this word. Read on to learn them all!


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Rude in Italian


Maleducato is how you translate rude into Italian. Let’s hear how this adjective is pronounced. Maleducato can also translate “lout, cad, ill-mannered, impolite”.

Its pronunciation is similar to mah-leh-doo-KAH-toh and it comes from the prefix mal- and the Latin word educĕre, “to lead out, to bring up”. Make sure the final -o has a clean sound, because Italian vowel sounds are clean!


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Don’t confuse the English rude with the Italian rude. Rude (ROO-deh) as an Italian word means “rough, coarse”!

Like all other adjectives in Italian, maleducato needs to match the gender and number of the noun.


If a man is rude, you would say maleducato because man, uomo, is a masculine noun in Italian.

Likewise, you will say maleducata, if you’re talking about a woman, donna, which is a feminine noun.

Plural nouns behave the same way: if you want to describe some rude men (uomini, masculine plural), use maleducati. If you’re talking about some rude women (donne, feminine plural), use maleducate instead.

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For example, you could say…

Il bambino maleducato parla con la bocca piena.
The rude child speaks with his mouth full.

Il cliente è stato maleducato con il personale del negozio.
The customer was rude to the store staff.

Dei ragazzi maleducati hanno imbrattato il muro del municipio.
Some rude boys soiled the wall of the City Hall.

La ragazza è stata maleducata nel rifiutare l’invito.
The girl was rude in declining the invitation.

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Maleducato can also be a noun.

Lei, signore, è un gran maleducato!
You, sir, are very rude!

Maleducato comes from maleducazione, which can be translated as “rudeness” or “bad manners”. It’s a compound word made up of mal, bad, and educazione, education.

È maleducazione interrompere le persone.
It is rude to interrupt people.

Other translations for rude in Italian

There are a number of synonyms for rude in Italian that you can use instead of maleducato. The most common ones are…

Rude (from sgarbo, rudeness)

Rude (from cortese, curteous)


For example, you could say…

Sei stato molto sgarbato con Gabriele.
You were very rude to Gabriele.

Quell’uomo ha modi molto scortesi.
That man has very rude manners.

La sua risposta è stata volgare e offensiva.
His response was rude and offensive.

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Rude behaviors to avoid in Italy

If you ever come to Italy for a vacation, you might want to learn this list of rude behaviors not to attempt in public spaces:

  • making loud calls on public transport
  • listening to music without earphones on public transport
  • jumping the queue
  • eating with your mouth open
  • not giving priority to a pedestrian waiting to cross
  • sneezing without covering your mouth
  • not taking off your sunglasses when someone talks to you
  • starting to eat before all the people at your table are seated
  • picking your nose in public
  • slurping your spaghetti

And that’s the end of our lesson on how to say rude in Italian!

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