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[kurt] /kɜrt/
adjective, curter, curtest.
rudely brief in speech or abrupt in manner.
brief; concise; terse; laconic.
short; shortened.
Origin of curt
First recorded in 1620-30, curt is from the Latin word curtus shortened, short, cut short
Related forms
curtly, adverb
curtness, noun
1. snappish, sharp. 3. abbreviated.
Synonym Study
2. See blunt.


[kurt] /kɜrt/
a male given name, form of Curtis. Unabridged
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  • With this curt reply, she turned her shoulder very coolly on the searcher for information.

    That Girl Montana Marah Ellis Ryan
  • For that fond purpose, she was curt with her maid, and reproachful with herself.

    Making People Happy Thompson Buchanan
  • He issued a curt command, and there was the sound of movement.

    The Martian Cabal Roman Frederick Starzl
  • Alec's answer was so curt that it was impossible to question him further.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • Cavaradossi breaks off from his curt and guarded replies to Scarpia's questioning on hearing Tosca's voice.

    Giacomo Puccini Wakeling Dry
British Dictionary definitions for curt


rudely blunt and brief; abrupt: a curt reply
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

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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