Definition of brusque in English:


Pronunciation /brʌsk//bruːsk//brʊsk/


  • Abrupt or offhand in speech or manner.

    ‘she could be brusque and impatient’
    • ‘An accurate formulation of a patient's condition and prognosis is of little value if it is conveyed to the patient in an off hand or brusque way and is too painful to hear.’
    • ‘This high-speed technician can be brusque and impatient with the indecisive, but he is a wonder to behold.’
    • ‘With her plaid shirt and brusque manners, she is so caught up in her own family traumas she can't branch out for herself.’
    • ‘His brusque manner seemed to egg her on and she raised her chin a bit.’
    • ‘His ability was unquestioned, but his brusque and abrasive manner aroused hostility which probably hampered his early career.’
    • ‘That set off a wave of criticism of the defense chief's brusque manner.’
    • ‘It was a brusque apology, short and almost snappy, but it was genuine.’
    • ‘At sixty-seven, he is slight and wiry, with white hair and sharp blue eyes and a manner that is both brusque and warm.’
    • ‘Equally, the United manager may possibly be one of the few figures down south who can speak to referees in such a brusque, accusatory manner and not incur their wrath.’
    • ‘William seemed to bridle at the brusque manner of questioning, but settled down when Anne gave him a small smile that told him that he should answer.’
    • ‘She headed out, almost blindly towards the market place, heedless of the glances that anyone gave her for her brusque, regal manner.’
    • ‘How can these youngsters learn emotional intelligence for the workplace, or lead happy personal lives, when they are spoken to with such brusque disrespect?’
    • ‘Parker's statements often seem like complete non-sequiturs; his manner is brusque and official.’
    • ‘It's notoriously easy to hit the wrong tone and come off sharp, imperious or brusque in e-mail when you don't intend to.’
    • ‘Indeed, he has the brusque, taciturn manner of a true Montana native, although he was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area.’
    • ‘So even when she was rude or brusque with me I tried to be as polite as I could, knowing that there were reasons behind her attitude.’
    • ‘To begin with, at least, he is curt to the point of being brusque.’
    • ‘The staff was treating her in a very brusque and insensitive manner, and I felt the need to show her some warmth and caring.’
    • ‘Nor can you claim for a moment that they are rude, or brusque.’
    • ‘There has been simmering resentment at the Chancellor's brusque manner when dealing with other spending ministers.’
    curt, abrupt, blunt, short, sharp, terse, brisk, crisp, clipped, monosyllabic, peremptory, gruff, bluff
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Mid 17th century: from French, ‘lively, fierce’, from Italian brusco ‘sour’.