- 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 curtness
Her good-bye came with a curtness that might well have inspired consternation.The Law-Breakers
To prove this he wilfully exaggerated his gruffness and curtness of manner.His Masterpiece
He paid absolutely no attention to the tone of my reply or its curtness.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
“No,” said Stirling, with a curtness at which Weston could not take offense.The Gold Trail
The curtness of their reply, proved to me that they had been discussing our interview.The King of the Mountains
- rudely blunt and brief; abrupta curt reply
- short or concise
Word Origin and History for curtness
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.