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curt

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adjective \ˈkərt\

Simple Definition of curt

  • : said or done in a quick and impolite way

Full Definition of curt

  1. 1 a :  sparing of words :  terse <wrote curt precise sentences> b :  marked by rude or peremptory shortness :  brusque <a curt refusal>

  2. 2 :  shortened in linear dimension

curt·ly adverb
curt·ness noun

Examples of curt

  1. He gave only a curt reply to the question.

  2. <she was offended by the curt reply to her well-meaning question>



Origin of curt

Latin curtus mutilated, curtailed — more at shear


First Known Use: 1630

Synonym Discussion of curt

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 curt



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