abrupt adjective \ə-ˈbrəpt\
: very sudden and not expected
: talking to other people in a very brief and unfriendly way
: rudely brief
a : characterized by or involving action or change without preparation or warning : unexpected <came to an abrupt stop> <an abrupt turn> <an abrupt decision to retire>
b : unceremoniously curt <an abrupt manner>
c : lacking smoothness or continuity <an abrupt transition>
Examples of ABRUPT
- There was an abrupt change in the weather.
- The road came to an abrupt end.
- The storm caused an abrupt power failure.
- She has an abrupt manner.
Origin of ABRUPT
from past participle of abrumpere
to break off, from ab-
to break — more at reave
First Known Use: 1530
Related to ABRUPT
- blunt, bluff, brusque (also brusk), crusty, curt, downright, short, short-spoken, snippy, unceremonious
- circuitous, mealymouthed
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