curtness


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Related to curtness: omissive, imploringly, uncomprehending, soberly

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.curtness - an abrupt discourteous mannercurtness - an abrupt discourteous manner  
rudeness, discourtesy - a manner that is rude and insulting
Translations
فَظاظـه ، اقْتِضاب
úsečnost
afmålthed
kurtaság
hranaskapur
kabalıknezaketsizlik

curtness

[ˈkɜːtnɪs] Nbrusquedad f

curtness

n (of person)Barschheit f; (of remark, reply, letter, refusal)Kürze f, → Knappheit f

curtness

[ˈkɜːtnɪs] nbruschezza

curt

(kəːt) adjective
rudely brief. a curt reply.
ˈcurtly adverb
ˈcurtness noun
References in classic literature ?
Somewhat puzzled, slightly annoyed, but enjoying withal the novelty of the environment and the curtness of his reception, Mr.
As she progressed with her practice, she was surprised to see how steadily and surely the awe which had kept her tongue reverent and her manner humble toward her young master was transferring itself to her speech and manner toward the usurper, and how similarly handy she was becoming in transferring her motherly curtness of speech and peremptoriness of manner to the unlucky heir of the ancient house of Driscoll.
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I have heard of him," admitted the visitor in his slow, painstaking tone, which yet had a certain curtness of intention.
Once, however, he had overcome that sort of agonizing hesitation sufficiently to tell me that he had no such intention, he became rather communicative--at least relatively to the former off-hand curtness of his speeches.
Unlike in old-fashioned letters, there's none of the long-winded elegance of writing - just a curtness.
But there is a hint of menace to the curtness, a subtle warning to keep things moving.