- rudely brief in speech or abrupt in manner.
- brief; concise; terse; laconic.
- short; shortened.
Origin of curt
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Examples from the Web for curtly
“Matt called me from the Library [bar] at 3:15 PM,” Doc told me curtly.The Myths of Matthew Shepard’s Infamous Death
September 22, 2013
"He just happened to be married and he seemed to have forgotten he was married," she says, curtly.Celebrity Mistress Convention
July 11, 2010
"That mare'll beat him," retorted Porter, curtly, nettled by the other's cocksureness.
"They were too strong for the little mare," answered the Trainer, curtly.
"I guess my teeth'll last me as long as I want 'em," said Amelia curtly.Tiverton Tales
"That depends on who she is, Monsieur," replied the Colonel, curtly.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
"No use in arguing this thing on its merits," he said, curtly, at last.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- rudely blunt and brief; abrupta curt reply
- short or concise
Word Origin and History for curtly
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.