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curt

[kurt] /kɜrt/
adjective, curter, curtest.
1.
rudely brief in speech or abrupt in manner.
2.
brief; concise; terse; laconic.
3.
short; shortened.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin curtus shortened, short, cut short
Related forms
curtly, adverb
curtness, noun
Synonyms
1. snappish, sharp. 2. See blunt. 3. abbreviated.

Curt

[kurt] /kɜrt/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Curtis.
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for curt

curt

/kɜːt/
adjective
1.
rudely blunt and brief; abrupt: a curt reply
2.
short or concise
Derived Forms
curtly, adverb
curtness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin curtus cut short, mutilated
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Word Origin and History for curt
adj.

mid-14c., from Latin curtus "(cut) short, shortened, incomplete," from PIE root *(s)ker- "to cut" (see short (adj.)). Sense of "rude" is first recorded 1831. The Latin word was adopted early into most Germanic languages (cf. Icelandic korta, German kurz, etc.) and drove out the native words based on Proto-Germanic *skurt-, but English retains short.

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