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English definition of “discourteous”


adjective     /dɪˈskɜː.ti.əs/ US  /-ˈskɝː.t̬i-/ formal
rude and not considering other people's feelings: The employees were found to be unhelpful and discourteous. → Opposite courteousRude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desire discourtesy     /dɪˈskɜː.tə.si/ US  /-ˈskɝː.t̬ə-/ noun [C or U]
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