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Definition brief to the point of rudeness
  • Her response was so curt it was almost rude.
curt = brief to the point of rudeness
  • I tried asking open-ended questions, but all I could get were curt replies.
  • curt = brief to the point of rudeness
  • "Nothing has changed," was her curt reply.
  • curt = brief to the point of rudeness
  • "I don't know where he is," replied Gerald curtly.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • curtly = in a manner that is brief to the point of rudeness
  • "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
  • 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 state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • "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 is brief to the point of rudeness
  • "I do not find myself at liberty to afford you any information," was the curt reply.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Malefactor
  • He felt almost sick with humiliation, the humiliation of having to ask and the humiliation of the curt refusal.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The First Secretary became suddenly very curt, detached, final.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Secret Agent
  • Marilla really did not know how to talk to the child, and her uncomfortable ignorance made her crisp and curt when she did not mean to be.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • He gave us the news as it came through to him in a few curt sentences.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Poison Belt
  • In spite of the curt terseness of the word, Nancy quite understood the anxiety that lay behind that short "well?"
    Porter, Eleanor H.  --  Pollyanna
  • After a week's delay, you favor me, my Lord, with a curt reply.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  My Lady's Money
  • He nodded curtly, went out, and closed the door smartly behind him.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Dilling nodded in his curtest manner and strode up-stairs Babbitt tramped the living-room in agony.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • "Four into fourteen," Hickock curtly corrected him.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • He passed one of the workmen, who nodded curtly.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park

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