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Definition brief to the point of rudeness
  • Her response was so curt it was almost rude.
curt = brief (using few words)
  • I tried asking open-ended questions, but all I could get were curt replies.
  • curt = using as few words as possible
  • "Nothing has changed," was her curt reply.
  • curt = abrupt (using few words)
  •   "Professor," said Harry at once, "I swear I didn't—"
      "This is out of my hands, Potter," said Professor McGonagall curtly.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • curtly = abruptly and without courtesy
  • "I don't know where he is," replied Gerald curtly.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • curtly = in a manner that uses few words or is abrupt and perhaps discourteous or rude
  • "Out of the way, Arthur," said a cold, curt voice.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • curt = brief to the point of rudeness
  • He passed one of the workmen, who nodded curtly.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • curtly = using as few words as possible
  • "That's my business," I said. I didn't know what had emboldened me to be so curt, maybe the fact that I thought I was going to die anyway.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • curt = using few words to the point of being rude
  • Mother went on talking about how messy I was until I got fed up and said, rather curtly, "I wasn't even the one who said you were careless."
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • curtly = abruptly and discourteously
  • When Simon was still silent Ralph said curtly, "You're batty."
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • curtly = abruptly and without courtesy
  • Lombard said curtly: "Do it in the morning."
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • curtly = abruptly and without courtesy
  • "They'd say," returned my sister, curtly, "pretty well."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • curtly = in few words
  •   "Do you have him?"
      Collet gave a curt nod and spun the laptop toward Fache.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • curt = not using more words than necessary
  • "Cut some wood," he says curtly to Haie.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • curtly = abruptly and discoureously
  • "Set out the books," he said curtly.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • curtly = in an abrupt manner
  • His curtness stung me.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • curtness = seeming rude or angry because of saying something without surrounding niceties
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Hence Quasimodo's gratitude was profound, passionate, boundless; and although the visage of his adopted father was often clouded or severe, although his speech was habitually curt, harsh, imperious, that gratitude never wavered for a single moment.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • curt = brief to the point of rudeness
  • "The baby is nearly well now," he said curtly.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • curtly = briefly to the point of rudeness
  • He might give a curt little nod.
    Tim O'Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • curt = quick — possibly to the point of rudeness
  • [Curtly and decidedly.]
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
curtly = in a manner that uses few words or is abrupt and perhaps discourteous or rude

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