curt

[ kurt ]
/ kɜrt /

adjective, curt·er, curt·est.

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

Origin of curt

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

Related forms

curt·ly, adverbcurt·ness, noun

Synonym study

2. See blunt.
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curt

/ (kɜːt) /

adjective

rudely blunt and brief; abrupta curt reply
short or concise

Derived Forms

curtly, adverbcurtness, noun

Word Origin for curt

C17: from Latin curtus cut short, mutilated
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