impolite

adjective
im·​po·​lite | \ ˌim-pə-ˈlīt How to pronounce impolite (audio) \

Definition of impolite

: not polite : rude

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Other Words from impolite

impolitely adverb
impoliteness noun

Examples of impolite in a Sentence

It's impolite to talk during the performance. He made some impolite comments about her appearance.
Recent Examples on the Web Much of it simply outlined complaints of alleged impolite or standoffish behavior from poll workers and Democratic poll watchers. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "The GOP Keeps Proving There's No Election Fraud," 12 Nov. 2020 That could be useful for conversations where telegraphic, ungrammatical messages would come off as impolite. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Give These Apps Some Notes and They'll Write Emails for You," 18 Oct. 2020 That kind of impolite behavior is considered unsafe in a small area packed with people, shotguns and a slick muddy floor. Anchorage Daily News, "A good duck dog is always by your side, even when she’s too old to join you for every hunt," 10 Oct. 2020 Did some people think that this was poor form, or impolite to ask such things? Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Illness and the History of Presidential Health," 6 Oct. 2020 The company instead hopes to reach the bulk of impolite commenters—those everyday people who occasionally lose their temper and forget their manners online, Mr. Shoval said. Katie Deighton, WSJ, "Online Platforms Ask Users to Be Polite With ‘Nudges’," 2 Oct. 2020 Being impolite isn’t an irrational fear considering the state’s molasses-like speed toward social distancing. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, "On being Southern and Socially Distanced: How to get someone away from you," 8 Apr. 2020 This was in some respects an impolitic, even impolite, thing for the first-term politician to say. Michael Tomasky, The New York Review of Books, "The Party Cannot Hold," 27 Feb. 2020 Punching the back of a passenger's seat is impolite, according to many of the people who responded on Williams' Twitter feed. Holly Yan And Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A passenger said she's hurt after her reclined seat was repeatedly 'punched.' She asked for help, but said a flight attendant threatened her," 18 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of impolite

1739, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for impolite

Latin impolitus, from in- + politus polite

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The first known use of impolite was in 1739

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Last Updated

15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Impolite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impolite. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for impolite

impolite

adjective
How to pronounce impolite (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of impolite

: not polite

impolite

adjective
im·​po·​lite | \ ˌim-pə-ˈlīt How to pronounce impolite (audio) \

Kids Definition of impolite

: not polite

Other Words from impolite

impolitely adverb

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