curt
adjective Etymology: Latin curtus mutilated, curtailed — more at shear Date: 1630 1. a. sparing of words ; terse <
wrote curt precise sentences
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b. marked by rude or peremptory shortness ; brusque <
a curt refusal
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2. shortened in linear dimension Synonyms: see bluffcurtly adverbcurtness noun

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  • Curt — (k[u^]rt), a. [L. curtus; cf. Skr. kart to cut. Cf. {Curtail}.] Characterized by excessive brevity; short; rudely concise; as, curt limits; a curt answer. [1913 Webster] The curt, yet comprehensive reply. W. Irving. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curt — [ kɜrt ] adjective using few words in a way that shows you are impatient or angry: a curt reply/note/announcement She apologized for being so curt with me. ╾ curt|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • curt — curt·ly; curt·ness; curt; curt·sy; …   English syllables

  • curt — [kə:t US kə:rt] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: curtus shortened ] using very few words in a way that seems rude ▪ With a curt nod, he turned away and sat down. ▪ a curt note >curtly adv >curtness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • curt. — curt., curt. An abbreviation of current a., esp. in such phrases as the 10th curt., i.e. of the current month …   Useful english dictionary

  • Curt — m 1 German: variant spelling of KURT (SEE Kurt). 2 English: originally an Anglicized spelling of German KURT (SEE Kurt), but now also used as a short form of CURTIS (SEE Curtis). Association with the vocabulary word …   First names dictionary

  • curt — curt, ă, curţi, te, adj. (reg.) scurt de coadă, berc, ciumpav, ciopârtac, retezat, ciont. Trimis de blaurb, 02.05.2006. Sursa: DAR  curt ( tă), adj. – (Trans., Banat) Berc, fără coadă. Mag. kurta (DAR). Trimis de blaurb, 05.07.2007. Sursa: DER …   Dicționar Român

  • curt — [kʉrt] adj. [L curtus: see SHORT] 1. Archaic short or shortened 2. brief, esp. to the point of rudeness; terse or brusque [a curt reply] SYN. BLUNT curtly adv. curtness n …   English World dictionary

  • Curt. — Curt., bei Tiernamen Abkürzung für J. H. Curtis, Maler und Entomolog in London, geb. 1761, gest. 1861; oder für W. Curtis (s.d. 1) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Curt — (oder auch Kunz) ist die altdeutsche Benennung von Conradus …   Vollständiges Heiligen-Lexikon

  • curt — index caustic, compact (pithy), laconic, succinct, taciturn Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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