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brusque

or brusk

[ bruhsk; especially British broosk ]
/ brʌsk; especially British brʊsk /
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Definition of brusque

adjective
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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See blunt.

OTHER WORDS FROM brusque

brusque·ly, adverbbrusque·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for brusque

brusque
/ (bruːsk, brʊsk) /

adjective
blunt or curt in manner or speech

Derived forms of brusque

brusquely, 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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