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Definition of "curt" [curt]

  • Rudely brief or abrupt, as in speech or manner. See Synonyms at gruff. (adjective)
  • Using few words; terse. (adjective)
  • Having been shortened. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "curt" in a sentence
  • "He said little of himself, but as he went on in short, curt sentences the picture grew more distinct, and to Virginia the man became more and more prominent in it."
  • "Loder talked continuously, sometimes in short, curt sentences, sometimes with ironic touches of humor; he talked until"
  • "He would speak a curt farewell and step out of the lives of the two."