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or brusk

[bruhsk; especially British broo sk] /brʌsk; especially British brʊsk/
abrupt in manner; blunt; rough:
A brusque welcome greeted his unexpected return.
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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  • He reached the opposite path, and was about to pass through the gate in the railings, when his arm was brusquely grasped.

    Tongues of Conscience Robert Smythe Hichens
  • "Mr. Marston wants you to report aft at once," he announced, brusquely.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • "I want the stage after the performance tomorrow night, for a supper to the company," he said brusquely.

    The Little Warrior P. G. Wodehouse
  • "You have my permit in your hand," she said brusquely, hardly raising her eyes to Brant.

    Clarence Bret Harte
  • He was brusquely informed by Jane that she had seen it put on board.

    The Major Ralph Connor
  • "Never mind my hands, I don't feel them," said Janetta brusquely.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • "Stuff and nonsense, my dear," interrupted the old lady, brusquely.

    Austin and His Friends Frederic H. Balfour
British Dictionary definitions for brusquely


/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 brusquely



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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