American English

Definition of discourteous adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1having bad manners and not showing respect for other people synonym impolite
  2. 2 He didn't wish to appear discourteous. opposite courteous Thesaurusrudesassy insolent disrespectful impolite impertinent discourteousThese are all words for people showing a lack of respect for other people.rude having or showing a lack of respect for other people and their feelings:Why are you so rude to your mother? It's rude to speak when you're eating.sassy (informal) (especially of children) rude in an amusing or an annoying way:sassy behavior a sassy remarkinsolent (somewhat formal) very rude, especially to someone who is older or more important Insolent is used especially to talk about the behavior of children toward adults.disrespectful (somewhat formal) showing a lack of respect for someone or something:Some people said he had been disrespectful to the President in his last speech.impolite (somewhat formal) not behaving in a pleasant way that follows the rules of society:Some people think it is impolite to ask someone's age. Impolite is often used in the phrases It seemed impolite.. and It would be impolite...impertinent (formal) not showing respect for someone who is older or more importantdiscourteous (formal) having bad manners and not showing respect:He didn't wish to appear discourteous.Patterns rude/sassy/disrespectful/impolite/discourteous to somebody rude/impolite/impertinent to do something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: discourteous