discourteous

adjective
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 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 There were 89 complaints of rude and discourteous behavior and 59 excessive-force complaints. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 DeVane’s lawsuit says the Rock Hill police chief found that Mentesana was discourteous, but acted properly, along with the officers who went inside his home and searched it without a warrant. Jeffrey Collins, USA TODAY, 24 Dec. 2020 DeVane's lawsuit says the Rock Hill police chief found that Mentesana was discourteous, but acted properly, along with the officers who went inside his home and searched it without a warrant. Fox News, 24 Dec. 2020 DeVane's lawsuit says the Rock Hill police chief found that Mentesana was discourteous but acted properly, along with the officers who went inside his home and searched it without a warrant. CBS News, 23 Dec. 2020 DeVane's lawsuit said the Rock Hill police chief found officer Mentesana was discourteous, but acted properly, along with the officers who went inside his home and searched it without a warrant. Jeffrey Collins, ajc, 22 Dec. 2020 The agency has the authority to investigate everything from officers being discourteous to police violence against civilians. Eric Umansky, ProPublica, 3 July 2020

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First Known Use of discourteous

1561, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jun 2021

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“Discourteous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discourteous. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for discourteous

discourteous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of discourteous

formal : rude or impolite : not showing good manners

discourteous

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

Kids Definition of discourteous

: not polite : rude

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