If you are courteous, your good manners show friendliness and concern for others, like your courteous habit of holding the door for people entering a building with you.

The adjective courteous comes from the Old French word curteis, which means “having courtly bearing or manners.” Courtly described the court — nobles who hung around the castle, the entourage of kings and queens. Their refined manners, not to mention their wealth and power, set them apart from the masses. So courteous behavior is a reminder of the value of good manners.

Definitions of courteous

adj characterized by courtesy and gracious good manners

“"if a man be gracious and courteous to strangers it shows he is a citizen of the world"-Francis Bacon”
chivalrous, gallant, knightly
being attentive to women like an ideal knight
full of or exhibiting respect
showing no courtesy; rude
surprisingly and unceremoniously brusque in manner
brusk, brusque, curt, short
marked by rude or peremptory shortness
caddish, unchivalrous, ungallant
offensively discourteous
without due formalities
exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous
show more antonyms...

adj exhibiting courtesy and politeness

gracious, nice
showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.