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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.
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 brusquely
  • Demands from opposition parties, and from some donors, for more civilian and local oversight were brusquely turned down.
  • Worse, their operators brusquely block the aisle, the exit and the view.
  • Meanwhile, the opposition's various lawsuits against different officials have been brusquely dismissed.
  • Smart marched brusquely out of the courtroom past a phalanx of spectators.
  • Fund staff have been accused of forcing through big macroeconomic changes in developing or ex-communist economies too brusquely.
  • When they got to the lobby, they found a flock of fellow fatalities, but they were all brusquely turned away.
  • She was forced to open her mouth to show her teeth, handled brusquely, and exposed to obscene comments.
  • The same questions were asked again and again, each time in a slightly different way, brusquely jumping back and forth.
  • He did so brusquely and did not always give the rationale for his denials.
  • As for architecture, history found itself brusquely shoved aside.
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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