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brusque

adjective \ˈbrəsk\

: talking or behaving in a very direct, brief, and unfriendly way

Full Definition of BRUSQUE

1
:  markedly short and abrupt
2
:  blunt in manner or speech often to the point of ungracious harshness
brusque·ly adverb
brusque·ness noun

Variants of BRUSQUE

brusque also brusk \ˈbrəsk\

Examples of BRUSQUE

  1. She asked for a cup of coffee and received a brusque reply: We don't have any.
  2. The teacher was brusque and impatient.

Origin of BRUSQUE

French brusque, from Italian brusco, from Medieval Latin bruscus butcher's-broom (plant with bristly twigs)
First Known Use: 1651

Synonym Discussion of BRUSQUE

bluff, blunt, brusque, curt, crusty, gruff mean abrupt and unceremonious in speech and manner. bluff connotes good-natured outspokenness and unconventionality <a bluff manner>. blunt suggests directness of expression in disregard of others' feelings <a blunt appraisal>. brusque applies to a sharpness or ungraciousness <a brusque response>. curt implies disconcerting shortness or rude conciseness <a curt command>. crusty suggests a harsh or surly manner sometimes concealing an inner kindliness <a crusty exterior>. gruff suggests a hoarse or husky speech which may imply bad temper but more often implies embarrassment or shyness <puts on a gruff pose>.

Rhymes with BRUSQUE

BRUSK Defined for Kids

brusque

adjective \ˈbrəsk\

Definition of BRUSQUE for Kids

:  so abrupt and frank in manner or speech as to be impolite <a brusque doctor> <a brusque reply>
brusque·ly adjective
brusque·ness noun

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