Definition of brusque
1 : markedly short and abrupt a brusque reply
2 : blunt in manner or speech often to the point of ungracious harshness was brusque with the customers
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Examples of brusque in a Sentence
She asked for a cup of coffee and received a brusque reply: “We don't have any.”
The teacher was brusque and impatient.
Recent Examples of brusque from the Web
Diamond, a 64-year-old jurist appointed to the federal bench in 2004 by former President George W. Bush, is known at the federal courthouse for his brusque humor, blunt honesty, and impatience with unnecessary delay.
With his brusque agenda of racially tinged nationalism, President Trump last November pushed that support to new heights.
Then were the internal politics at Yahoo, where former executives criticized Mayer's management style as brusque and inflexible.
But no one is harder to read than Rachel, whose first grateful kiss to Philip is followed by a brusque shove.
In Europe, a top German politician slammed Trump’s decision, mocking him for his brusque brush-aside of a Balkan leader last week at a NATO meeting in Brussels.
The speech to NATO was memorable, as was his brusque, push-aside of the leader of Montenegro to make his way to the front of a pack of world leaders.
Ms. Ryan, who encountered brusque treatment herself at a White House press briefing, said in an interview.
Nonsense Chicken, on the main strip of the humming Itaewon neighborhood, was a bare and empty white room occupied by a short, sun-baked Korean man with a boxy torso, liver spots on his forehead, and a brusque manner.
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Did You Know?
We borrowed "brusque" from French in the 1600s. The French, in turn, had borrowed it from Italian, where it was spelled "brusco" and meant "tart." And the Italian term came from "bruscus," the Medieval Latin name for butcher's-broom, a shrub whose bristly leaf-like twigs have long been used for making brooms. English speakers initially used "brusque" to refer to a tartness in wine, but the word soon came to denote a harsh and stiff manner - which is just what you might expect of a word bristling with associations to stiff, scratchy brooms.
Origin and Etymology of brusque
French brusque, from Italian brusco, from Medieval Latin bruscus butcher's-broom (plant with bristly twigs)
First Known Use: circa 1639See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of brusque
BRUSQUE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of brusque for English Language Learners
: talking or behaving in a very direct, brief, and unfriendly way
BRUSQUE Defined for Kids
Definition of brusque for Students
: so abrupt and frank in manner or speech as to be impolite a brusque doctor a brusque reply
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