V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: spoken shortly and often rudely--terse

Synonyms: terse, abrupt, brusque, short, blunt, rude

Antonyms: gracious, lengthy

Tips: While brief and concise usually carry a positive connotation, curt means "short" in a negative, often impolite, way. Think, being short and non-responsive in a rude manner. If someone is curt, it usually means he or she is short with you in a rude manner. Curt is synonymous with terse. See a detailed analysis at terse.

Usage Examples:

We all know he is a busy man, but he still didn't need to be so curt with his secretary when she asked him a question. (terse, abrupt)

She gave only a curt nod in reply before rushing off. (short, brusque)

I could tell from his curt behavior that he was in a hurry to get off the phone. (short, brusque)

Steven is an efficient worker, but he is often curt to his peers when they ask him rudimentary questions. (abrupt)

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