[bruhsk; especially British broo sk]
- abrupt in manner; blunt; rough: A brusque welcome greeted his unexpected return.
Origin of brusque
1595–1605; < Middle French < Italian brusco rough, tart, special use of brusco (noun) butcher's broom < Late Latin brūscum, for Latin rūscus, rūscum, perhaps conflated with Vulgar Latin *brūcus heather (see brier2)
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unceremonious, short, curt.
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Examples from the Web for brusk
He was just as brusk and as brief of speech as he had been before.A Little Miss Nobody
Amy Bell Marlowe
The words came eagerly with the brusk assurance of an immediate answer.El Diablo
Lady Ingleton did not look surprised on receiving this brusk negative.In the Wilderness
With this brusk and emphatic reply he left the ravine, followed by Oza.A Prince of Anahuac
James A. Porter
It was no occasion for tenderness or chivalry: brusk silent action was the cue.The Gay Adventure
- blunt or curt in manner or speech
C17: from French, from Italian brusco sour, rough, from Medieval Latin bruscus butcher's broom
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Word Origin and History for brusk
1650s, from French brusque "lively, fierce," from Italian adjective brusco "sharp, tart, rough," perhaps from Vulgar Latin *bruscum "butcher's broom plant."
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