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curt

[ kurt ]
/ kɜrt /
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adjective, curt·er, curt·est.

rudely brief in speech or abrupt in manner.
brief; concise; terse; laconic.
short; shortened.

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cursively, cursor, cursorial, cursory, curst, curt, curtail, curtail step, curtailment, curtain, curtain call

Origin of curt

First recorded in 1620–30, curt is from the Latin word curtus shortened, short, cut short
SYNONYMS FOR curt
Related formscurt·ly, adverbcurt·ness, noun

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2. See blunt.
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British Dictionary definitions for curtly

curt

/ (kɜːt) /

adjective

rudely blunt and brief; abrupta curt reply
short or concise
Derived Formscurtly, adverbcurtness, noun

Word Origin for curt

C17: from Latin curtus cut short, mutilated
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Word Origin and History for curtly

curt


adj.

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.

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