Share this entry

Share this page

impolite

Line breaks: im|pol¦ite
Pronunciation: /ɪmpəˈlʌɪt
 
/

Definition of impolite in English:

adjective

Not having or showing good manners; rude: it would have been impolite to refuse
More example sentences
  • I knew it was rude and impolite but I was too distressed to be thinking of manners.
  • The manager, in a very impolite manner, told them to leave the bar and never come back.
  • I believe that you were impolite and disrespectful to your host.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Derivatives

impolitely

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Unhappy at her placing, she returned to the stage and gestured impolitely at the judges, thus receiving a two-year suspension.
  • ‘You have a strange name,’ I informed him impolitely.
  • He ignored her, turning his head away impolitely.

impoliteness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • He doesn't mean any of us impoliteness, but he needs a bit longer to warm to us.
  • I smiled to myself, and then realized my impoliteness.
  • However, Amy's ‘please forgive me’ face stopped Catherine and made her regret her impoliteness.

Definition of impolite in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rəˈzilyənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…