"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.
"That mare'll beat him," retorted Porter, curtly, nettled by the other's cocksureness.
"It is not that," said Marcos, curtly, with a flush on his brown face.
"They were too strong for the little mare," answered the Trainer, curtly.
Yes, it was from Robert Lyle—a brief note, coldly and curtly written.
"That depends on who she is, Monsieur," replied the Colonel, curtly.
“Train in ten minutes,” he said curtly, as he pushed out the ticket.
"No use in arguing this thing on its merits," he said, curtly, at last.
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.