verb (used without object), dis·coursed, dis·cours·ing.
verb (used with object), dis·coursed, dis·cours·ing.
Origin of discourse
Synonyms for discourse
Related Words for discoursedessay, rhetoric, treatise, communication, discussion, conversation, speech, lecture, monologue, huddle, thesis, descant, converse, homily, verbalization, monograph, sermon, paper, speaking, chat
Examples from the Web for discoursed
Historical Examples of discoursed
Oldaker sipped his glass of old Oloroso sherry and discoursed.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Albergotti came down to them, and discoursed with them a long time.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
Jaffir, squatting on his heels, discoursed in measured tones.The Rescue
The Canadian Medicos are fresh from France and discoursed about moral.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
While the mechanic was fixing it he discoursed to me on the laundry.Working With the Working Woman
Cornelia Stratton Parker
noun (ˈdɪskɔːs, dɪsˈkɔːs)
Word Origin for discourse
late 14c., "process of understanding, reasoning, thought," from French discours, from Latin discursus "a running about," in Late Latin "conversation," from past participle stem of discurrere "run about," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Sense of "formal speech or writing" is first recorded 1580s.
1540s, from discourse (n.). Related: Discoursed; discoursing.