Excerpted from Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi with curt Gentry copyright (c) 1974 by curt Gentry and Vincent Bugliosi.
Knox's father curt, along with three of Knox's friends, were in court with her.
Now and then, a postcard would arrive with a curt message, typed on a manual typewriter.
Marriott told me that Rachel must have door-stepped curt in Perugia; she confirmed that Marriott had set up the interview for her.
You see curt (Hemsworth) almost bring forth our Lord of Bondage and Pain with his puzzle box.
With this curt reply, she turned her shoulder very coolly on the searcher for information.
"I believe you are jealous of the malgamite works," he said, with his curt laugh.
He issued a curt command, and there was the sound of movement.
His reply was curt and pertinent: "It took long enough, young man!"
Cavaradossi breaks off from his curt and guarded replies to Scarpia's questioning on hearing Tosca's voice.
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.