- having or showing good manners; polite.
Origin of courteous
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Examples from the Web for courteously
The woman would have led again, but young Hallam cut in, none too courteously.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
They were to greet her courteously, and inquire who she was.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
He approached them, and courteously inquired the way to the nearest town.Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
"I have no more this morning," responded Mrs. Brady courteously.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
Can he courteously talk to an equal, and browbeat an impudent dunce?Farm Ballads
- polite and considerate in manner
Word Origin and History for courteously
mid-14c., earlier curteis (c.1300), from Old French curteis (Modern French courtois) "having courtly bearing or manners," from curt "court" (see court (n.)) + -eis, from Latin -ensis.
Rare before c.1500. In feudal society, also denoting a man of good education (hence the name Curtis). Medieval courts were associated with good behavior and also beauty; e.g. German hübsch "beautiful," from Middle High German hübesch "beautiful," originally "courteous, well-bred," from Old Franconian hofesch, from hof "court." Related: Courteously (mid-14c., kurteis-liche).