courteous

  • 1 Courteous — Cour te*ous (k?r t? ?s; 277), a. [OE. cortais, corteis, cortois, rarely corteous, OF. corties, corteis, F. courtois. See {Court}.] Of courtlike manners; pertaining to, or expressive of, courtesy; characterized by courtesy; civil; obliging; well… …

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  • 2 courteous — mid 14c., earlier curteis (c.1300), from O.Fr. curteis (Mod.Fr. courtois) having courtly bearing or manners, from curt court + eis, from L. ensis. Rare before c.1500. In feudal society, also denoting a man of good education (hence the name… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 courteous — index civil (polite), obeisant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 courteous — polite, *civil, courtly, gallant, chivalrous Analogous words: *gracious, affable, cordial: *suave, urbane, politic, diplomatic: considerate, *thoughtful, attentive: obliging, complaisant (see AMIABLE) Antonyms: discourteous Contrasted words: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 courteous — courteous, courtesy are pronounced with initial kert …

    Modern English usage

  • 6 courteous — [adj] gentle, mannerly affable, attentive, ceremonious, civil, civilized, complaisant, considerate, courtly, cultivated, debonair, elegant, gallant, genteel, gracious, polished, polite, refined, respectful, soft spoken, suave, thoughtful, urbane …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 courteous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ polite, respectful, and considerate. DERIVATIVES courteously adverb courteousness noun. ORIGIN Old French corteis having manners fit for a royal court …

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  • 8 courteous — [kʉrt′ē əs] adj. [ME courteis < OFr corteis < court: see COURT & EOUS] polite and gracious; considerate toward others; well mannered SYN. CIVIL courteously adv. courteousness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 courteous — adj. 1) courteous to, towards (she is courteous to everyone) 2) courteous to + inf. (it was courteous of him to do that) * * * [ kɜːtɪəs] towards (she is courteous to everyone) courteous to courteous to + inf. (it was courteous of him to do that) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 courteous — [[t]kɜ͟ː(r)tiəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is courteous is polite and respectful to other people. He was a kind and courteous man... My friend s reply was courteous but firm. Syn: polite Ant: rude Derived words: courteously ADV GRADED …

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  • 11 courteous — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc. ▪ unfailingly …

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  • 12 courteous — cour|te|ous [ˈkə:tiəs US ˈkə:r ] adj [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: corteis, from court; COURT1] polite and showing respect for other people ≠ ↑discourteous ▪ The staff are always courteous and helpful. ▪ a courteous reply …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 courteous — adjective having good manners and respect for other people: The staff are always courteous and helpful. | I received a courteous reply from the manager. opposite discourteous courteously adverb courteousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 courteous — adjective /ˈkɜːtiəs/ Showing regard or thought for others; especially, displaying good manners or etiquette. a courteous gentleman Ant: discourteous …

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  • 15 courteous — See polite. See polite, courteous …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 16 courteous — cour|te|ous [ kɜrtiəs ] adjective polite, especially in a formal way: Hotel employees must be courteous at all times. ─ opposite DISCOURTEOUS ╾ cour|te|ous|ly adverb ╾ cour|te|ous|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 courteous — adjective our courteous staff is available 24 hours a day Syn: polite, well mannered, civil, respectful, well behaved, well bred, well spoken, mannerly; gentlemanly, chivalrous, gallant; gracious, obliging, considerate, pleasant, cordial, urbane …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 courteous — UK [ˈkɜː(r)tɪəs] / US [ˈkɜrtɪəs] adjective polite, especially in a formal way Hotel staff must be courteous at all times. Derived words: courteously adverb courteousness noun uncountable …

    English dictionary

  • 19 courteous — adjective Etymology: Middle English corteis, from Anglo French curteis, from curt Date: 13th century 1. marked by polished manners, gallantry, or ceremonial usage of a court 2. marked by respect for and consideration of others Synonyms: se …

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  • 20 courteous — courteously, adv. courteousness, n. /kerr tee euhs/, adj. having or showing good manners; polite. [1225 75; COURT + EOUS; r. ME co(u)rteis < AF; see COURT, ESE] Syn. mannerly, gracious, courtly. See civil. * * * …

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