- rudely brief in speech or abrupt in manner.
- brief; concise; terse; laconic.
- short; shortened.
Origin of curt
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- a male given name, form of Curtis.
Related Wordspithy, offhand, terse, concise, brusque, succinct, blunt, brief, churlish, compendious, crusty, gruff, imperious, laconic, peremptory, sharp, short, snappish, snippy, summary
Examples from the Web for curt
Former Red Sox star Curt Schilling says his politics are keeping him out of Cooperstown.Conservative Curt Says His Politics, Not His Pitching, Kept Him Out of the Hall of Fame
January 9, 2015
Sen. Bernie Sanders, a darling of the left who identifies as a democratic socialist, was curt.Even Left-Wing Politicians Can’t Quit Israel
July 30, 2014
The senator also is curt on the subject of the D.C. political magazine that scores the votes of every member of Congress.Can This Ornery Socialist Spoil the Clinton Coronation?
July 2, 2014
Wilson, who spoke to The Daily Beast from a cab on his way back up to Harlem, is curt and cold in conversation.Bad to the Drone: Amateur Flyer Appears at Harlem Wreckage
March 13, 2014
Curt Smith of Tears for Fears played himself in the fifth season episode “Shawn 2.0.”Psych’s 13 Best Musical Moments
December 15, 2013
"I believe you are jealous of the malgamite works," he said, with his curt laugh.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
His reply was curt and pertinent: "It took long enough, young man!"Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
Mrs. Marsh was even more hostile and curt than when I had seen her last.The Harbor
“At last you have condescended to come,” said the old proud, curt voice.The First Violin
The message was curt, and even cold, but it brought her no disquiet.The Manxman
- rudely blunt and brief; abrupta curt reply
- short or concise
Word Origin and History for curt
mid-14c., from Latin curtus "(cut) short, shortened, incomplete," from PIE root *(s)ker- "to cut" (see short (adj.)). Sense of "rude" is first recorded 1831. The Latin word was adopted early into most Germanic languages (cf. Icelandic korta, German kurz, etc.) and drove out the native words based on Proto-Germanic *skurt-, but English retains short.