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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.
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Examples for curtness
  • curtness is not a valued characteristic of a bad news message.
British Dictionary definitions for curtness

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 curtness
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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