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

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Other Words from brusque

brusquely adverb
brusqueness noun

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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 Her lines are brusque but lively, leaning into the film’s inherent ridiculousness and contributing a playfulness that the overly serious tone lacks. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 15 May 2021 Usually brusque with her brother, Lavinia finally shows some sisterly affection here. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 9 May 2021 Some conversations were leisurely and thoughtful; others were brusque and hurried, with the medical team rushing from item to item on an interminable list of tasks. Clifford Marks, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2021 Ava’s girlfriend, Allegra, who drives the train, and a brusque woman named Laura who seems intent—for reasons at first unclear, on keeping people away from Ms. Kapoor. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, 28 Apr. 2021 Many thought Philip to be too brusque, too unpolished, too German, too Greek, too. . . Elise Taylor, Vogue, 9 Apr. 2021 These boys are churlish and brusque, with chapped rosy cheeks Duveneck has masterfully captured. Leyla Shokoohe, The Enquirer, 9 Apr. 2021 The three-term Democrat, known for his brusque manner, was riding high. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2021 On March 24, Gallego stunned members of the Sul Ross State University Foundation with two brusque letters to Pete Peterson, the foundation’s board president. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Apr. 2021

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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 19 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for brusque

brusque

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of brusque

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

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
brusqueness noun

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