Curt

[kurt]
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British Dictionary definitions for curts

curt

adjective
  1. rudely blunt and brief; abrupta curt reply
  2. 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 curts

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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