Is it Rude to Burp in Public?

Burping in public happens; everyone has done it, though, for most of us, it was done by accident. 

But, what about it, in general? Is it rude?

Or is it just part of life? Read on below and find out the truth of the matter.

Is it Rude to Burp in Public?

Burping in public is one of those embarrassing things that tend to happen by accident. 

But, regardless of whether you burp on accident or on purpose makes no difference to the general public; it’s rude. 

Despite the old saying “better out than in”, when it comes to burping in public this is better done in private.

How Rude Is it?


On a scale of 1 to 10, burping in public rates 9 on the rude meter. 

The biggest reason burping in public is rude is because it is loud, distracting, and to many people, considered disgusting and very much impolite. 

The only reason burping in public doesn’t rate a full 10 on the rude meter is that sometimes burps just come out and there’s nothing you can do to prevent it.

Why is it Rude?

It’s rude to burp in public for a few reasons, the main one being that it sounds disgusting. 

Depending on what’s making you burp, the smell may be less than a pleasant aroma as well.

Further, the act of burping is seen as savage and uncouth. In other words, burping in public is rude because it is against proper social etiquette and it offends people.

Other Options to Do Instead

The best thing you can do if you need to burp in public is to excuse yourself from your party and do so elsewhere. 

If you can find a bathroom nearby, that’s your best option for burping in public. 

That said, if there are no restroom facilities to be found, you can still move away from whoever your with and burp somewhere else.

In the worst-case scenario, try burping into your hand or the crook of your arm to stifle the sound and smell. 

Common Questions

When is burping rude?

Burping is rude pretty much any time you aren’t alone or in your own home. That said, even in your own home, burping can be seen as rude if you do so at the dinner table or too close to someone else.

When is burping ok?

Burping is generally ok when you are alone, at your own home, and do so politely, and that is about it. Otherwise, burping risks making yourself look rude. Burping in front of other people, at restaurants, work breaks, meetings, and other group functions is the worst place to do so.

Is burping rude in all cultures?

Burping is not exactly rude in most cultures, because it is a basic body function, like urination and bowel movements. However, doing so in public, at the dinner table, at work, and anywhere in front of other people is generally rude in all cultures.