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.

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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 What your company proposes is inconsiderate, discourteous and antisocial. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, "Is Sex With a Brain-Damaged Man Assault?," 6 Sep. 2017 An internal police investigation determined Martin used excessive force and violated department policy by being discourteous to the public and displaying conduct prejudicial to good order. Washington Post, "Texas officer to appeal excessive-force ruling at hearing," 11 June 2017 But there's a difference between blunt-spoken and being crude or, well, and discourteous in politics. NBC News, "Meet the Press - May 28, 2017," 28 May 2017

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First Known Use of discourteous

1561, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of discourteous was in 1561

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English Language Learners Definition of discourteous

formal : rude or impolite : not showing good manners


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

Kids Definition of discourteous

: not polite : rude

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