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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 of curt
1620-1630
First recorded in 1620-30, curt is from the Latin word curtus shortened, short, cut short
Related forms
curtly, adverb
curtness, noun
Synonyms
1. snappish, sharp. 3. abbreviated.
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2. See blunt.

Curt

[kurt] /kɜrt/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Curtis.
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  • "I believe you are jealous of the malgamite works," he said, with his curt laugh.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • His reply was curt and pertinent: "It took long enough, young man!"

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • Mrs. Marsh was even more hostile and curt than when I had seen her last.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • “At last you have condescended to come,” said the old proud, curt voice.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • The message was curt, and even cold, but it brought her no disquiet.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for curt

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 curt
adj.

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.

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