/dis kerr"tee euhs/, adj.
not courteous; impolite; uncivil; rude: a discourteous salesman.
[1570-80; DIS-1 + COURTEOUS]

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  • Discourteous — Dis*cour te*ous (?; see {Courteous}, 277), a. [Pref. dis + courteous: cf. OF. discortois.] Uncivil; rude; wanting in courtesy or good manners; uncourteous. {Dis*cour te*ous*ly}, adv. {Dis*cour te*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • discourteous — index contemptuous, disdainful, disorderly, impertinent (insolent), insolent, offensive (offending) …   Law dictionary

  • discourteous — 1560s; see DIS (Cf. dis ) + COURTEOUS (Cf. courteous). Related: Discourteously …   Etymology dictionary

  • discourteous — impolite, uncivil, ungracious, *rude, ill mannered Analogous words: brusque, curt, crusty, gruff, blunt (see BLUFF): boorish, churlish (see under BOOR) Antonyms: courteous Contrasted words: *civil, polite, courtly, gallant, chivalrous …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • discourteous — [adj] rude, impolite abrupt, badmannered, boorish, brusque, cavalier, cheeky*, churlish, contumelious, crude, crusty*, curt, disrespectful, flip, fresh, ill bred, ill mannered, impertinent, inaffable, indelicate, insolent, inurbane, oafish,… …   New thesaurus

  • discourteous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ rude and lacking consideration for others. DERIVATIVES discourteously adverb discourteousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • discourteous — [dis kʉr′tē əs] adj. not courteous; impolite; rude; ill mannered SYN. RUDE discourteously adv. discourteousness n …   English World dictionary

  • discourteous — adj. 1) discourteous to 2) discourteous to + inf. (it was discourteous of him to say that) * * * [dɪs kɜːtjəs] discourteous to discourteous to + inf. (it was discourteous of him to say that) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • discourteous — [[t]dɪskɜ͟ː(r)tiəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ, oft ADJ to n If you say that someone is discourteous, you mean that they are rude and have no consideration for the feelings of other people. [FORMAL] Staff are often discourteous and sometimes… …   English dictionary

  • discourteous — dis|cour|te|ous [dısˈkə:tiəs US ə:r ] adj formal not polite, and not showing respect for other people = ↑rude, impolite ↑impolite ▪ It would be discourteous to ignore his request. >discourteously adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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