Definition of


  1. (adj, all) exhibiting courtesy and politeness
  2. (adj, all) characterized by courtesy and gracious good manners

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Synonyms of Courteous

gracious, nice

Antonyms of Courteous


Origin of the word Courteous

  1. late 13c., from O.Fr. curteis "having courtly bearing or manners," from curt "court" + -eis, from L. -ensis. In feudal society, also denoting a man of good education (hence the name Curtis). Medieval courts were associated with good behavior and also beauty; e.g. Ger. h?bsch "beautiful," from M.H.G. h?besch "beautiful," originall… more

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