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

Definition of impolite

: not polite : rude

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 The movie is rated PG for impolite humor, thematic elements and mild action. Mark Heim |, al, 10 Nov. 2021 Their audacious public campaigns, while emotionally effective, are often impolite, attention-grabbing, gratuitously sexualized, self-righteous, smug, outrageous. Gene Weingarten, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021 And not to be impolite, but the love scene with the two of you, was that done before the break or after the break? Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021 The Stones were dirty and impolite and played a music hardly anyone in England had ever heard of. Bill Wyman, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2021 My sister-in-law apparently was taught that stabbing is impolite and that the fork should be used more as a shovel to scoop up a bite of food. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 What is a good polite — or even impolite — way to tell her to put down the phone and pay attention to the world around her? Washington Post, 28 June 2021 Or is a request for a moment appropriate? Entering another person’s office without an invitation is an imposition, and therefore asking that person to wait is not impolite. Washington Post, 20 June 2021 While slurping your food in America might be impolite, it is usually considered a compliment in Japan, especially in the presence of the chef. Fardad Zabetian, Forbes, 10 June 2021

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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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16 Nov 2021

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“Impolite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of impolite

: not polite : rude


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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