Definition of impolite in English:

impolite

adjective

  • Not having or showing good manners; rude.

    ‘it would have been impolite to refuse’
    • ‘I knew it was rude and impolite but I was too distressed to be thinking of manners.’
    • ‘Notice how some clever perpetrators of downright rudeness can make you feel as though you are the impolite one.’
    • ‘Western influence has made Chinese people feel that it is impolite to ask a person's age.’
    • ‘For example, in Singapore, it would be considered impolite to use the horn, even though it may not be illegal.’
    • ‘One needs something effective to say to all these impolite people.’
    • ‘Is it considered impolite in the US to eat from someone else's plate?’
    • ‘He went out of his way to be just as impolite and insolent as he could be.’
    • ‘I know that I might seem a little bit impolite, but we really must be going.’
    • ‘In Vietnam, for example, a direct refusal or negative answer is considered impolite and crude.’
    • ‘The manager, in a very impolite manner, told them to leave the bar and never come back.’
    • ‘He was rude and arrogant and completely impolite and I hope I never have to see him ever again.’
    • ‘I wasn't being deliberately impolite; I was simply expressing confusion.’
    • ‘Improper position or display of the feet is always considered impolite.’
    • ‘Instead, these people are just as selfish and impolite as any ordinary person, but are more convinced that they have a right to behave that way.’
    • ‘Although it was impolite to stare, she could not help gawking at him.’
    • ‘It is impolite to leave the table before everybody has finished the meal.’
    • ‘I believe that you were impolite and disrespectful to your host.’
    • ‘I could always keep myself occupied snooping around the desk, but it was impolite to do something like that.’
    • ‘Food and drink are immediately offered when one enters a Croatian home, and it is considered impolite to refuse.’
    • ‘If you don't mind my asking a perhaps impolite question: Do you believe in God?’
    rude, bad-mannered, ill-mannered, unmannerly, discourteous, uncivil, disrespectful, inconsiderate, boorish, churlish, ill-bred, ungentlemanly, unladylike, ungracious, ungallant
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Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘unpolished’): from Latin impolitus, from in- ‘not’ + politus (see polite).

Pronunciation

impolite

/ɪmpəˈlʌɪt/