adjective, curt·er, curt·est.
Origin of curt
Examples from the Web for curtly
“Matt called me from the Library [bar] at 3:15 PM,” Doc told me curtly.
"He just happened to be married and he seemed to have forgotten he was married," she says, curtly.
"I know the young gentleman," replied Sir Massingberd, curtly, and the horse-shoe upon his brow contracted as he spoke.Lost Sir Massingberd, v. 1/2|James Payn
This book is a partial explanation of the phenomenon of China which seems so strange when curtly dealt with in the daily press.Wang the Ninth|Putnam Weale
"It isn't a woman at all, it's a man," said Brangwen curtly.The Rainbow|D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
A voice said curtly in Bors's ear, "Cargo-ship secured, sir."Talents, Incorporated|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Carlisle they curtly speak of as "more like a great wilde country church" than a fair and stately cathedral.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Carlisle|C. King Eley
British Dictionary definitions for curtly
Word Origin for curt
Word Origin and History for curtly
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.