curtly


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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.
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Adv.1.curtly - in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner; "he told me curtly to get on with it"; "he talked short with everyone"; "he said shortly that he didn't like it"
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Translations
باقْتِضاب، بِفَظاظـه
úsečně
afmåltkort for hovedet
kurtán
stuttaralega
úsečne
kabacanezaketsizce

curtly

[ˈkɜːtlɪ] ADV [say, reply] → bruscamente, secamente; [nod] → bruscamente
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

curtly

[ˈkɜːrtli] adv [say, reply] → sèchement
to nod curtly → faire un bref signe de tête
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

curtly

adv reply, nodkurz, knapp; refusekurzerhand
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

curtly

[ˈkɜːtlɪ] advbruscamente, seccamente
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

curt

(kəːt) adjective
rudely brief. a curt reply.
ˈcurtly adverb
ˈcurtness noun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in classic literature ?
If I had the watch from eight till midnight, he would leave the deck about nine with the words, "Don't take any sail off her." Then, on the point of disappearing down the companion-way, he would add curtly: "Don't carry anything away." I am glad to say that I never did; one night, however, I was caught, not quite prepared, by a sudden shift of wind.
Recollecting, however, that the valiant Amadis was not content to call himself curtly Amadis and nothing more, but added the name of his kingdom and country to make it famous, and called himself Amadis of Gaul, he, like a good knight, resolved to add on the name of his, and to style himself Don Quixote of La Mancha, whereby, he considered, he described accurately his origin and country, and did honour to it in taking his surname from it.
"First show me your warrants," said Sir Richard curtly.
"Haven't I told you, Jarvis, that I wish those cupboards kept locked?" he asked a little curtly.
"Oh, he's a queer fellow," said Tom, curtly, "and he's as sulky as can be with me, because I told him his father was a rogue.
He spoke curtly, feeling the ache of despair as to his being able to carry out any purpose that Rosamond had set her mind against.
"If I was to say which of the two she was best adapted for, I'd say she'd make a better heathen," remarked Miranda curtly.
The watchful guard, with his right hand at the stock of his raised blunderbuss, his left at the barrel, and his eye on the horseman, answered curtly, "Sir."
Thus they applied very curtly to the salutations, healths, and jokes of their companions.
"You'd be a blackguard if you did," Trent answered curtly.
Aynesworth nodded a little curtly. He was not very favorably impressed with his visitor.
'Well, if we've lost the road we must find it,' said Nikita curtly, and getting out and stepping lightly on his pigeon-toed feet he started once more going about on the snow.