Definition of discourteous in English:



  • Showing rudeness and a lack of consideration for other people.

    ‘it would be unkind and discourteous to decline a visit’
    • ‘I find it most discourteous they didn't bother coming up with a reply.’
    • ‘Now divisional commanders have been told to crack down on any rudeness - and send discourteous staff to be retrained.’
    • ‘The three daughters of my eldest daughter are rude, discourteous, and have never been disciplined.’
    • ‘This ignorant attitude reigning supreme is unfounded and discourteous.’
    • ‘This again is so discourteous to your fellow patrons, and the performers, who are all quite distracted by your shuffling and stumbling in the dark.’
    • ‘Blowing smoke across a room is not much different and the grossly discourteous and rude habit in which smokers engaged was awful.’
    • ‘Most discourteous cell phone culprits are inherently ill-mannered.’
    • ‘Examples of discourteous actions are: shouting, freestyling, slapping course equipment, throwing out of turn, throwing or kicking golf bags, and advancing on the fairway beyond the away player.’
    • ‘They quickly stopped their quiet conversation, oblivious to how outrageously rude and discourteous it was, and turned to him, taking in what he had just said.’
    • ‘Arriving so late for the function is nothing short of being discourteous to your guests.’
    • ‘She has repeatedly accused the protesters of being discourteous.’
    • ‘Following this discourteous deed, it is believed that the youths turned their attention to a little dog on the street and began kicking it.’
    • ‘Noise, drunkenness, bad manners, rude and discourteous conduct and reckless driving will all raise their ugly heads, whatever we do.’
    • ‘He said the serious disagreement between the two countries should not permit discourteous or rude behavior.’
    • ‘Many adults automatically view teenagers as rude, obnoxious, and discourteous.’
    • ‘He was never discourteous or brusque, or anything like that.’
    • ‘Under no circumstances can the pharmacist prevent the prescription from being filled, make discourteous or judgmental remarks, or discuss his or her religious beliefs with the guest.’
    • ‘He was overconfident, discourteous and condescending.’
    • ‘By this time other drivers behind us were likewise being highly discourteous with horns and headlights, displaying negative opinions on his ill considered manoeuvre.’
    • ‘To make his own intentions clear would be discourteous to his employers, so he offers no firm clue as to whether he may consider voluntarily leaving when his contract is up.’
    rude, impolite, ill-mannered, bad-mannered, disrespectful, uncivil, unmannerly, unchivalrous, ungallant, ungentlemanly, unladylike, ill-bred, churlish, boorish, crass, ungracious, graceless, uncouth
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