- abrupt in manner; blunt; rough: A brusque welcome greeted his unexpected return.
Origin of brusque
Synonyms for brusque
Examples from the Web for brusk
Historical Examples of brusk
He was just as brusk and as brief of speech as he had been before.A Little Miss Nobody
Amy Bell Marlowe
The words came eagerly with the brusk assurance of an immediate answer.El Diablo
Lady Ingleton did not look surprised on receiving this brusk negative.In the Wilderness
With this brusk and emphatic reply he left the ravine, followed by Oza.A Prince of Anahuac
James A. Porter
It was no occasion for tenderness or chivalry: brusk silent action was the cue.The Gay Adventure
- blunt or curt in manner or speech
Word Origin for brusque
1650s, from French brusque "lively, fierce," from Italian adjective brusco "sharp, tart, rough," perhaps from Vulgar Latin *bruscum "butcher's broom plant."