dis·​cour·​te·​ous | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈkər-tē-əs How to pronounce discourteous (audio) \

Definition of discourteous

: lacking courtesy : rude

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Other Words from discourteous

discourteously adverb
discourteousness noun

Examples of discourteous in a Sentence

The waiter was discourteous to me. It was thoughtless and discourteous to leave us waiting so long.
Recent Examples on the Web The investigation concluded Bodin had repeatedly been discourteous to clients, and that his reason for withholding financial support for the client who needed food was inadequate. oregonlive, "After investigation into wide-ranging misconduct, Multnomah County will review management of mental health division," 18 Apr. 2020 There are still relics of Nextdoor 1.0: complaints about discourteous runners, unverified rumors about what the city may do next and full-on conspiracy theories. John Herrman, New York Times, "Nextdoor Pivots to Neighborliness," 25 Mar. 2020 In a letter to Evans in early December 2019, Chief Steve Conrad exonerated him of the charges of being discourteous and using excessive force. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Bodycam video shows moments before police takedown in West End traffic stop," 6 Jan. 2020 Strong was charged with discourteous treatment and has been told not to have any contact with the woman, WTOL reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Ohio deputy suspended after asking woman for date during traffic stop," 18 June 2019 In 2010, Telish was fired for dishonesty and discourteous treatment from his latest job as special-agent-in-charge of the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement office in Riverside, the largest regional office in California. Ian Wheeler, The Mercury News, "California narcotics agent fired for sexual tryst with subordinate, say newly released disciplinary records," 5 June 2019 After an internal investigation, Rowe was given a five-day suspension without pay for being discourteous and displaying conduct unbecoming to an officer. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "King County Sheriff’s Office to pay motorcyclist held at gunpoint $65,000, plus change use-of-force rules," 10 Dec. 2018 This discourteous and disrespectful treatment of the Board is inexcusable and, unfortunately, consistent with a decidedly anti-park pattern demonstrated by Secretary Zinke’s department. Coral Davenport, New York Times, "Citing ‘Inexcusable’ Treatment, Advisers Quit National Parks Panel," 16 Jan. 2018 My impression is that cyclists are way more discourteous than motorists. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Whale of a time for whale watching," 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of discourteous

1561, in the meaning defined above

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“Discourteous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discourteous. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of discourteous

formal : rude or impolite : not showing good manners


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Kids Definition of discourteous

: not polite : rude

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