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  1. so briefly or stiffly as to seem rude or snippy; tersely: The officer saw my foreign passport and curtly ordered me to step aside. Saying nothing, she nodded curtly at me and pointed to one of the two chairs.

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Words Nearby curtly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use curtly in a sentence

  • "No, he isn't," Mazaroff said curtly as he came into the front room and closed the door behind him.

    The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
  • Lechmere explained curtly that he would see to Maxgregor's safety, after which he would follow to the queen's hotel.

    The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
  • Both men curtly acknowledged Barrington's greeting, hardly conscious of the curtness maybe.

    The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner
  • "All men don't pay such attentions to their wives," says Caroline, curtly.