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[dis-kur-tee-uh s] /dɪsˈkɜr ti əs/
not courteous; impolite; uncivil; rude:
a discourteous salesman.
Origin of discourteous
First recorded in 1570-80; dis-1 + courteous
Related forms
discourteously, adverb
discourteousness, noun Unabridged
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  • What have I done that you should hold me in this light esteem, and give me these discourteous words?'

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • The relieved poet now had the floor as an apologist for his discourteous parrot.

    Whittier-land Samuel T. Pickard
  • If you are guilty of disgraceful acts, of discourteous words, who suffers?

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • They were not discourteous to Ned, but they took no interest in his suggestions.

    Boy Scouts in the Philippines G. Harvey Ralphson
  • "You do not have to be unkind or discourteous," continued the doctor's even voice.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
  • I cannot say I was well received by the Irish agent, a discourteous and surly fellow.

  • What had made her do this brusque, discourteous thing to-day?

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • No one could be so discourteous or impolitic as to vanquish the king.

  • A laugh, derisive but not discourteous to himself, greeted the question.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • My embarrassment was so great that my discourteous question may be pardoned.

    The Crack of Doom Robert Cromie
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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