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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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  • Busby's reply to this discourteous remark was to fold his arms and assume a dramatic posture.

    Love and the Ironmonger F. J. (Frederick John) Randall
  • They were not discourteous to Ned, but they took no interest in his suggestions.

    Boy Scouts in the Philippines G. Harvey Ralphson
  • There was a discourteous ticket-agent in the office at G. And so it went.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow Edward Hungerford
  • "You do not have to be unkind or discourteous," continued the doctor's even voice.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
  • You are discourteous now, because you think I am running after you.

    Plays--First Series August Strindberg
  • I cannot say I was well received by the Irish agent, a discourteous and surly fellow.

  • Whipping out his sabre with a rapid gesture, and merely muttering a discourteous and grudging: "Be on your guard!"

    The Son of Clemenceau Alexandre (fils) Dumas
  • No one could be so discourteous or impolitic as to vanquish the king.

  • His uncle opposed this idea, saying that so abrupt a departure would be discourteous to the English court, but Lafayette insisted.

    Lafayette, We Come! Rupert S. Holland
  • A laugh, derisive but not discourteous to himself, greeted the question.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
British Dictionary definitions for discourteous


showing bad manners; impolite; rude
Derived Forms
discourteously, adverb
discourteousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for discourteous

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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