curt

[kurt]
adjective, curter, curtest.
1.
rudely brief in speech or abrupt in manner.
2.
brief; concise; terse; laconic.
3.
short; shortened.

Origin:
1620–30; < Latin curtus shortened, short, cut short

curtly, adverb
curtness, noun


1. snappish, sharp. 2. See blunt. 3. abbreviated.
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Curt

[kurt]
noun
a male given name, form of Curtis.
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curt (kɜːt)
 
adj
1.  rudely blunt and brief; abrupt: a curt reply
2.  short or concise
 
[C17: from Latin curtus cut short, mutilated]
 
'curtly
 
adv
 
'curtness
 
n

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curt
mid-14c., from L. curtus "(cut) short, shortened," from PIE base *(s)ker- "to cut" (see short). Sense of "rude" is first recorded 1831. The L. word was adopted early into most Gmc. languages (cf. Icelandic korta, Ger. kurz, etc.) and drove out the native words based on P.Gmc.
*skurt-, but English retains short.
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Example sentences
No doubt about it, there are curt and haughty doctors out there, behaving rudely to fellow physicians and nurses alike.
The master of the longueur knows, in other words, how to be curt when the need arises.
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