[ kurt ]
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adjective,curt·er, curt·est.
  1. rudely brief in speech or abrupt in manner.

  2. brief; concise; terse; laconic.

  1. short; shortened.

Origin of curt

First recorded in 1620–30, curt is from the Latin word curtus “shortened, short, cut short”

synonym study For curt

2. See blunt.

Other words for curt

Other words from curt

  • curt·ly, adverb
  • curt·ness, noun

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Other definitions for Curt (2 of 2)

[ kurt ]

  1. a male given name, form of Curtis. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use curt in a sentence

  • curt Smith of Tears for Fears played himself in the fifth season episode “Shawn 2.0.”

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  • curt as is the cable it has yet scope to show up a little more of our great K.'s outfit.

  • It seemed to her that she had lived for a century since the few hours before when Madame Malmaison had given her a curt dismissal.

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  • "That will do," said Halyard, ungraciously, which curt phrase was apparently the usual dismissal for the nurse.

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  • Had it not been for occasional curt, illuminative questions, Peter Gross might have thought him asleep.

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  • There came the hard, curt questions and the command: "Outside—hurry!"

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British Dictionary definitions for curt


/ (kɜːt) /

  1. rudely blunt and brief; abrupt: a curt reply

  2. short or concise

Origin of curt

C17: from Latin curtus cut short, mutilated

Derived forms of curt

  • curtly, adverb
  • curtness, noun

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