"He just happened to be married and he seemed to have forgotten he was married," she says, curtly.
“Matt called me from the Library [bar] at 3:15 PM,” Doc told me curtly.
"Everybody to her taste," replied Barbara curtly, shrugging her shoulders.
"I told thee yesterday that I would be present," said the other curtly.
"It is not that," said Marcos, curtly, with a flush on his brown face.
"I must decline to answer that question," said Hurlstone curtly.
Yes, it was from Robert Lyle—a brief note, coldly and curtly written.
"You can have him, Mr. Williams," said Rothesay curtly to the mate.
“Train in ten minutes,” he said curtly, as he pushed out the ticket.
"For God's sake, Wilbraham, shut up," said Macartney curtly.
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.