curt


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curt

 (kûrt)
adj. curt·er, curt·est
1. Rudely brief or abrupt, as in speech or manner: was curt and businesslike in the meeting; acknowledged him with a curt nod. See Synonyms at gruff.
2. Terse or condensed: a curt text message.

[Middle English, short, brief, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin curtus; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

curt′ly adv.
curt′ness n.

curt

(kɜːt)
adj
1. rudely blunt and brief; abrupt: a curt reply.
2. short or concise
[C17: from Latin curtus cut short, mutilated]
ˈcurtly adv
ˈcurtness n

curt

(kɜrt)

adj. -er, -est.
1. rudely brief in speech or abrupt in manner.
2. brief; concise; terse.
3. short; shortened.
[1620–30; < Latin curtus shortened]
curt′ly, adv.
curt′ness, n.
syn: See blunt.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.curt - marked by rude or peremptory shortness; "try to cultivate a less brusque manner"; "a curt reply"; "the salesgirl was very short with him"
discourteous - showing no courtesy; rude; "a distant and at times discourteous young"
2.curt - brief and to the point; effectively cut short; "a crisp retort"; "a response so curt as to be almost rude"; "the laconic reply; `yes'"; "short and terse and easy to understand"
concise - expressing much in few words; "a concise explanation"

curt

adjective terse, short, brief, sharp, summary, blunt, rude, tart, abrupt, gruff, brusque, offhand, ungracious, uncivil, unceremonious, snappish 'The matter is closed,' was his curt reply.

curt

adjective
Rudely unceremonious:
Translations
مُقْتَضَب، جاف، فَظ
odměřenýúsečný
afmåltkort for hovedet
stuttaralegur
atžarumastrumpai ir atžariaitrumpas ir atžarus
aprautsstrups
kabanezaketsizce kısa

curt

[kɜːt] ADJ [person, tone] → seco, corto; [nod] → brusco

curt

[ˈkɜːrt] adj [person] → brusque, sec(sèche); [response, reply] → brusque, sec(sèche); [tone] → sec(sèche); [nod] → bref(brève)

curt

adj (+er) personkurz angebunden, barsch; verbal reply alsoknapp; letter, nod, refusalkurz, knapp; to be curt with somebodyzu jdm kurz angebunden sein

curt

[kɜːt] adjbrusco/a, secco/a
with a curt nod → con un breve cenno del capo

curt

(kəːt) adjective
rudely brief. a curt reply.
ˈcurtly adverb
ˈcurtness noun
References in classic literature ?
You'll find out quick enough," returned Fairfax, whose curt carelessness did not, however, prevent a slight increase of color on his own cheek.
The answer referred me, in insolently curt terms, to the instructions already communicated; declared those instructions to be final; and declined any further correspondence with me.
Without heeding her angry look and curt rebuke, he half turned, and sidled away into the shrubbery, whence the tray presently rose into the air, flew across the laurel hedge, and descended with a peal of stage thunder on the stooped shoulders of Josephs.
One, abrupt, energetic, with loud, brusque manners, curt, rude speech, dark in tone, in hair, in look, terrible apparently, in reality as impotent as an insurrection, represented the republic admirably.
He replied to Jenssen's friendly advances in curt monosyllables.
Sudden comes the answer curt, Loud the fish-skin war-drums roar; Cease the plaintive "rainbow skirt": Death is drumming at the door.
For days his voice will not be heard raised about the decks, with that curt, austere accent of the man in charge, till, again, when the hatches are on, and in a silent and expectant ship, he shall speak up from aft in commanding tones: "Man the windlass
She made a step or two with an unusual caution, and then, on reaching the broadest opening, obedient to the curt and whip of her fearless mistress, she bounded across the dangerous pass with the activity of a squirrel.
Sherlock Holmes and I surveyed this curt announcement and the rueful face behind it, until the comical side of the affair so completely overtopped every other consideration that we both burst out into a roar of laughter.
For a minute I stood there with the paper in my hands thinking out the meaning of this curt message.
He was dark and sturdy, with a bumpy forehead and a bulldog jaw, and he spoke with a curt apology.
In answer to a curt but civil summons, the door opened inwards and there shambled into the room a shapeless little figure, which seemed to find its own hat and umbrella as unmanageable as a mass of luggage.