[bruhsk; especially British broosk]
abrupt in manner; blunt; rough: A brusque welcome greeted his unexpected return.
Also, brusk.

1595–1605; < Middle French < Italian brusco rough, tart, special use of brusco (noun) butcher's broom < Late Latin brūscum, for Latin rūscus, rūscum, perhaps conflated with Vulgar Latin *brūcus heather (see brier2)

brusquely, adverb
brusqueness, noun

unceremonious, short, curt. See blunt. Unabridged
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brusque (bruːsk, brʊsk)
blunt or curt in manner or speech
[C17: from French, from Italian brusco sour, rough, from Medieval Latin bruscus butcher's broom]

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Word Origin & History

1650s, from Fr. brusque "lively, fierce," from It. adj. brusco "sharp, tart, rough," perhaps from V.L. *bruscum "butcher's broom plant."
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Example sentences
The officers are often, perhaps usually, brusque to the point of rudeness.
His manner was brusque and sometimes overbearing.
He detours into his fake German with a brusque, muscular speech, then smiles
  slyly as he translates.
He also says that his father, though brusque and difficult, instilled the
  values of hard work and independence in him.
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