or brusk

[ bruhsk; especially British broosk ]
/ brʌsk; especially British brʊsk /


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

Nearby words

  1. brushpopper,
  2. brushup,
  3. brushwood,
  4. brushwork,
  5. brushy,
  6. brusquerie,
  7. brussels,
  8. brussels carpet,
  9. brussels griffon,
  10. brussels lace

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

Synonym study

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

Examples from the Web for brusquely

British Dictionary definitions for brusquely


/ (bruːsk, brʊsk) /


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 brusquely



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

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