adjective \ˈkərt\

: said or done in a quick and impolite way

Full Definition of CURT

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


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