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 discoursingessay, rhetoric, treatise, communication, discussion, conversation, speech, lecture, monologue, huddle, thesis, descant, converse, homily, verbalization, monograph, sermon, paper, speaking, chat
Examples from the Web for discoursing
Historical Examples of discoursing
It was the picture of St. Remi, man, of which I have been discoursing.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Oh, to be well informed, discoursing at ease on every subject that a lady started!Howards End
E. M. Forster
He is discoursing in a high-flown vein, which may be compared to the 'dithyrambics of the Phaedrus.'Cratylus
They had boundless leisure and the faculty of discoursing, not only with one another, but with the animals.Gorgias
But of human things we have not as yet spoken, and we must; for to men we are discoursing and not to Gods.Laws
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.