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

Definition of discourteous

: lacking courtesy : rude

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 People with disabilities have long criticized Comic-Con for discourteous treatment and insensitivity. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 July 2022 Translation: Don't be discourteous as people undermine your human rights. Grayson Quay, The Week, 10 May 2022 He was written up for being discourteous and not demonstrating good conduct. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Mar. 2022 Officials said that Herrera failed to show good moral character, was discourteous to a fellow employee while on duty and violated the San Antonio Police Department’s standards for conduct and behavior. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Feb. 2022 But this is tempered at times by somewhat awkward or discourteous phrasing that makes exurbs seem somewhat oddball. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Vaughn was cited for unnecessary or excessive force and discourteous/unprofessional conduct, the department said Friday. NBC News, 28 Sep. 2021 Evans ultimately was cleared by then-Chief Steve Conrad in December 2019 of policy violations for being discourteous and using excessive force. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, 9 June 2021 None of these sound like over-the-top discourteous behavior. Yec, Forbes, 1 June 2021 See More

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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 16 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of discourteous

: not polite : rude

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