brusque

adjective
\ ˈbrəsk How to pronounce brusque (audio) \
variants: or less commonly brusk

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

Other Words from brusque

brusquely adverb
brusqueness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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.

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 on the Web Our man of action completely pivots in this Melissa McCarthy vehicle, sending up the brusque man of action to great effect in this hilarious film. Elliott Smith, EW.com, 4 May 2022 Reelected to his 25th term as Alaska's only member of the House in 2020, he was known for a brusque style and for bringing federal investments home to Alaska. Libby Cathey, ABC News, 29 Mar. 2022 Young, who was first elected to the House in 1973, was known for his brusque style and for bringing federal investment to the state. Kevin Freking, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Mar. 2022 Young, who was first elected to the House in 1973, was known for his brusque style. Editors, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2022 Young, who was first elected to the U.S. House in 1973, was known for his brusque style. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Mar. 2022 Young, who was first elected to the U.S. House in 1973, was known for his brusque style. Becky Bohrer, ajc, 19 Mar. 2022 Young, who was first elected to the U.S. House in 1973, was known for his brusque style. Becky Bohrer, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Mar. 2022 Kate McKinnon returned with fists in the air, the frilly collar, and digs at Ted Cruz — all part of her delightfully brusque portrait of RBG. Sarah Grant, Rolling Stone, 10 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of brusque

circa 1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brusque

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

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“Brusque.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brusque. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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brusque

adjective
\ ˈbrəsk How to pronounce brusque (audio) \

Kids Definition of brusque

: so abrupt and frank in manner or speech as to be impolite a brusque doctor a brusque reply

Other Words from brusque

brusquely adjective
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