curt´ness


curt´ness
curt «kurt», adjective.
1. short; short and rude; abrupt: »

a curt remark. His curt way of speaking makes him seem rude.o> A curt nod was the only notice he gave that he knew she was there.

SYNONYM(S): brusque. See syn. under blunt. (Cf.blunt)
2. brief; terse: »

a curt style of writing.

SYNONYM(S): succinct.
[< Latin curtus (cut) short]
curt´ly, adverb.
curt´ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • curt´ly — curt «kurt», adjective. 1. short; short and rude; abrupt: »a curt remark. His curt way of speaking makes him seem rude.o> A curt nod was the only notice he gave that he knew she was there. SYNONYM(S): brusque. See syn. under blunt. (Cf.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • curt — curt·ly; curt·ness; curt; curt·sy; …   English syllables

  • curt — [[t]kɜrt[/t]] adj. er, est 1) rudely brief in speech or abrupt in manner 2) brief; concise; terse 3) short; shortened • Etymology: 1620–30; < L curtus shortened curt′ly, adv. curt′ness, n. syn: See blunt …   From formal English to slang

  • blunt´ness — blunt «bluhnt», adjective, verb. –adj. 1. without a sharp edge or point: »He sharpened the blunt knife. SYNONYM(S): See syn. under dull. (Cf. ↑dull) 2. Figurative. saying what one thinks very frankly, without trying to be tactful; outspoken; …   Useful english dictionary

  • a|brupt´ness — a|brupt «uh BRUHPT», adjective. 1. showing sudden change; unexpected: »He made an abrupt turn to avoid hitting another car. SYNONYM(S): hasty. 2. very steep: »The road made an abrupt rise up the hill. SYNONYM(S): precipitous. See syn. under ste …   Useful english dictionary

  • brusque´ness — brusque «bruhsk», adjective. abrupt in manner or speech; blunt: »He was brusque in saying “I don t like it” when he could have said “No, thank you.” SYNONYM(S): curt, bluff. ╂[< French brusque < Italian brusco coarse < Late Latin brūscus …   Useful english dictionary

  • snip´pi|ness — snip|py «SNIHP ee», adjective, pi|er, pi|est. 1. Informal. sharp; curt. 2. Informal. haughty; disdainful …   Useful english dictionary

  • suc|cinct´ness — suc|cinct «suhk SIHNGKT», adjective. 1. expressed briefly and clearly; expressing much in few words; concise: »His letter was succinct, with all the major points on one page. A tale should be judicious, clear, succinct (William Cowper).… …   Useful english dictionary

  • curtness — curt·ness …   English syllables

  • Curtness — Curt ness, n. The quality of bing curt. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English