or brusk

[bruhsk; especially British broosk]


abrupt in manner; blunt; rough: A brusque welcome greeted his unexpected return.

Origin of brusque

1595–1605; < Middle French < Italian brusco rough, tart, special use of brusco (noun) butcher's broom < Late Latin brūscum, for Latin rūscus, rūscum, perhaps conflated with Vulgar Latin *brūcus heather (see brier2)
Related formsbrusque·ly, adverbbrusque·ness, noun

Synonyms for brusque

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See blunt. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

    Brayton Norton

  • Lady Ingleton did not look surprised on receiving this brusk negative.

    In the Wilderness

    Robert Hichens

  • 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

    Richard Bird

British Dictionary definitions for brusk



blunt or curt in manner or speech
Derived Formsbrusquely, 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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Word Origin and History for brusk



1650s, from French brusque "lively, fierce," from Italian adjective brusco "sharp, tart, rough," perhaps from Vulgar Latin *bruscum "butcher's broom plant."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper