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[bruhsk; especially British broo sk] /brʌsk; especially British brʊsk/
abrupt in manner; blunt; rough:
A brusque welcome greeted his unexpected return.
Also, brusk.
Origin of brusque
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)
Related forms
brusquely, adverb
brusqueness, noun
unceremonious, short, curt. See blunt. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for brusque
  • 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.
  • She is brusque and to-the-point -- she doesn't have time for small talk.
  • She always seems a bit unfriendly and brusque, as most of the cashiers at that store do.
  • But he was also brusque and contentious, with little patience for those who he felt were wasting his time.
  • The voice on the phone was authoritative, even brusque.
  • Expect entertainingly brusque service, bright lights, and a frenzied atmosphere.
  • His face belies a brusque and wary nature that veers between cruelty and sentimentality.
British Dictionary definitions for brusque


/bruːsk; brʊsk/
blunt or curt in manner or speech
Derived Forms
brusquely, adverb
brusqueness, (rare) brusquerie (ˈbruːskərɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian brusco sour, rough, from Medieval Latin bruscus butcher's broom
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Word Origin and History for brusque

1650s, from French brusque "lively, fierce," from Italian adjective brusco "sharp, tart, rough," perhaps from Vulgar Latin *bruscum "butcher's broom plant."

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