- abrupt in manner; blunt; rough: A brusque welcome greeted his unexpected return.
Origin of brusque
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Examples from the Web for brusque
He identifies as “brusque” like other New York City residents.Andrew Cuomo Ignores Rural New York
November 8, 2014
Those who have interacted with him describe him as brusque, eccentric, clenched.Meet the Beer Bottle Dictator
August 12, 2014
And McCauley was surely friendlier that his brusque air of command indicated.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
She is frequently described in the press with such adjectives as “brusque,” “aggressive,” and “undiplomatic in the extreme.”Susan Rice’s Personality 'Disorder'
December 12, 2012
Doctors, like the government itself, are brusque and hurried.Mitt’s Bizarre Lyme Disease Offensive
October 2, 2012
Then, with a brusque movement of furious resolution, he disappeared in the night.The Dream
A brusque question caused him to stutter to the point of suffocation.The Secret Agent
The colonel-president, with a brusque gesture, interrupted this confession.A Nest of Spies
It occurred to him that this brusque man of action might be compared to just such a being.The Planetoid of Peril
Thorpe hailed him, with a peremptory tone, and gave the brusque order, "Strand!"The Market-Place
- blunt or curt in manner or speech
Word Origin and History for brusque
1650s, from French brusque "lively, fierce," from Italian adjective brusco "sharp, tart, rough," perhaps from Vulgar Latin *bruscum "butcher's broom plant."