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Definition of curt

1a : sparing of words : terse wrote curt precise sentences
b : marked by rude or peremptory (see peremptory sense 3) shortness : brusque a curt refusal In a curt voice, he ordered the server to bring him a glass of water.
2 : shortened in linear dimension

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Other Words from curt

curtly adverb
curtness 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

Examples of curt in a Sentence

He gave only a curt reply to the question. she was offended by the curt reply to her well-meaning question
Recent Examples on the Web Hence his curt reply, and the public's enthusiastic response. Douglas Starr, Science | AAAS, "This Italian scientist has become a celebrity by fighting vaccine skeptics," 2 Jan. 2020 Megan, who admittingly showed up late to the ceremony due to her taking a final exam was giggly and curt with her acceptance speech. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Megan Thee Stallion Accepts Powerhouse Award After Taking Her College Exam," 13 Dec. 2019 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who counts both men as allies, was curt when asked about the race. BostonGlobe.com, "Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III’s plans to kick off a run for Senate on Saturday sent Democrats from the Berkshires to the Beltway into a tizzy, previewing the tension and turmoil his blockbuster primary challenge against Senator Edward J. Markey will trigger throughout the party.," 20 Sep. 2019 Just a few years ago his answer would have been far more curt. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Kevin Love wants to stay in Cleveland, is committed to leading Cavaliers through rebuild," 9 Oct. 2019 For its part, the Greenland government was understandably curt in its response: Because Mr. Art Of The Deal is the one floating at the center of this massively inane proposal, there is a bit of innate humor baked into the story. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Colonizers Have Turned Their Eyes to Greenland," 16 Aug. 2019 Despite the curt delivery, Cowell’s notes were right on. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "Watch Alabama singer win over Simon Cowell," 27 June 2019 Former Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson put an end to her public spat with her estranged husband on Twitter in a curt and somewhat vulgar way. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Kendra Wilkinson shares vulgar explanation for live tweeting a fight with her estranged husband," 6 June 2018 Speaking while driving from rehearsal in New York City and with a packed schedule for Pride Month, Rippon is typically succinct in his answers -- never curt, just to the point. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon to headline Mercury's Pride Night," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of curt

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for curt

Latin curtus mutilated, curtailed — more at shear

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20 Jan 2020

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“Curt.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curt. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of curt

: said or done in a quick and impolite way
\ ˈkərt How to pronounce curt (audio) \
curter; curtest

Kids Definition of curt

: rudely brief in language a curt answer

Other Words from curt

curtly adverb

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