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 ?
After a week's delay, you favor me, my Lord, with a curt reply.
Hence Quasimodo's gratitude was profound, passionate, boundless; and although the visage of his adopted father was often clouded or severe, although his speech was habitually curt, harsh, imperious, that gratitude never wavered for a single moment.
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
You'll find out quick enough," returned Fairfax, whose curt carelessness did not, however, prevent a slight increase of color on his own cheek.
We found him lying on the doorstep when we got up, and it did not need Aunt Janet's curt announcement, or Uncle Blair's reluctant shake of the head, to tell us that there was no chance of our pet recovering this time.
She shook her head in curt negation while, caked in mud and inexpressibly serious-faced, Fyne seemed to be backing her up with all the weight of his solemn presence.
In front stood the bow-men, ten deep, with a fringe of under-officers, who paced hither and thither marshalling the ranks with curt precept or short rebuke.
Marilla really did not know how to talk to the child, and her uncomfortable ignorance made her crisp and curt when she did not mean to be.
But Leslie was brusque and curt when Anne thanked her, and again the latter felt thrown back upon herself.
In spite of the curt terseness of the word, Nancy quite understood the anxiety that lay behind that short "well?
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.