[ bruhsk; especially British broosk ]
/ brʌsk; especially British brʊsk /
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abrupt in manner; blunt; rough: A brusque welcome greeted his unexpected return.
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Origin of brusque
First recorded in 1595–1605; from Middle French, from Italian brusco “rough, tart,” special use of brusco (noun) “butcher's broom,” from Late Latin brūscum, for Latin rūscus, rūscum, perhaps conflated with unattested Vulgar Latin brūcus “heather” (see brier2)
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OTHER WORDS FROM brusquebrusque·ly, adverbbrusque·ness, noun
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How to use brusque in a sentence
His somewhat brusk manner melts into kind amiability when discussing the topics in which he is vitally interested.Piano Mastery|Harriette Brower
"That is very sudden," said Gonzalo, smiling to conceal his vexation at her brusk refusal.The Fourth Estate, vol. 2|Armando Palacio Valds
With this brusk and emphatic reply he left the ravine, followed by Oza.A Prince of Anahuac|James A. Porter
An ashen shade came over his face, but it passed quickly; his voice sounded brusk.Half A Chance|Frederic S. Isham
The latter, in spite of brusk manners, which he had acquired in the field, was a highly respectable gentleman.The Conspirators|Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
British Dictionary definitions for brusque
/ (bruːsk, brʊsk) /
blunt or curt in manner or speech
Derived forms of brusquebrusquely, adverbbrusqueness or rare brusquerie (ˈbruːskərɪ), noun
Word Origin for brusque
C17: from French, from Italian brusco sour, rough, from Medieval Latin bruscus butcher's broom
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