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[dis-kur-tee-uh s] /dɪsˈkɜr ti əs/
not courteous; impolite; uncivil; rude:
a discourteous salesman.
Origin of discourteous
1570-80; dis-1 + courteous
Related forms
discourteously, adverb
discourteousness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for discourteous
  • Rude and discourteous behavior that goes unchallenged is behavior that goes unchanged.
  • Remember, the judge has the power to fine you or send you to jail if you are rude or discourteous.
  • When an invited speaker exceeds his time it is extremely discourteous to call for the orders of the day.
  • Some people think it discourteous if a bride changes the present chosen for her.
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  • He felt that to do less would have been discourteous.
  • Imagine a bellhop getting derided by his boss for not being discourteous enough.
  • Consequently, building this mosque would be somehow discourteous.
  • It is off-topic and deeply discourteous to do what you're trying to do.
  • Attendance by visitors isn't mandatory, but the sense is that it would be discourteous to avoid services entirely.
British Dictionary definitions for discourteous


showing bad manners; impolite; rude
Derived Forms
discourteously, adverb
discourteousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for discourteous

1560s; see dis- + courteous. Related: Discourteously.

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