Definition of curt in English:

curt

adjective

  • Rudely brief.

    ‘his reply was curt’
    • ‘Then with a curt nod he left the table, making his way straight to the bar.’
    • ‘With a curt nod the seaman turned away and hopped out of the boat.’
    • ‘Sitting down at an almost empty table, the two new arrivals exchange curt nods with those closest to them.’
    • ‘With a curt nod, Rowan and his tribe vanished into the trees, hooves muffled by the underbrush.’
    • ‘He thought about what he said, gave a curt nod as if to reassure himself, and ushered them into the next room.’
    • ‘Nathan looked annoyed for a second but agreed with a curt nod of the head.’
    • ‘People will instead use acronyms to convey short, curt, and informative message to one another.’
    • ‘He opened his mouth for a sharp reply but closed it and just gave her a curt nod.’
    • ‘I'd noticed that in a few short hours that his curt and snappish side was back.’
    • ‘She continued her promenade down the hallway, greeting those that she knew with a smile and a curt nod.’
    • ‘He saluted members of the staff with curt nods of his head but didn't stop.’
    • ‘Mr. Shay gave a curt nod, placing his hat back onto his head.’
    • ‘She jerked her head at me in a curt nod and remained looking stony.’
    • ‘Taila nodded a curt reply to my apology and went back to folding her clothes and putting them into the drawer.’
    • ‘Jasmine's only response to this was a curt nod as a young woman walked towards them from the back of the house.’
    • ‘I give a curt nod to Daddy, whirl around in place, and walk briskly to the pod.’
    • ‘Fred could see the compliment was sincere in her expressive eyes and gave a curt nod then started down the stairs.’
    • ‘About ten minutes ago, I was rather curt (almost rude, in fact) to an acquaintance who rang me.’
    • ‘She walked stiffly towards the group that was waiting for them and gave Dr. Wordsworth a curt nod.’
    • ‘She nods a curt reply as she is deeply engrossed in letting the sun's rays bathe her pale, freckly body.’
    terse, brusque, abrupt, clipped, blunt, short, monosyllabic, summary, snappy, snappish, sharp, crisp, tart
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘short, shortened’): from Latin curtus ‘cut short, abridged’.

Pronunciation

curt

/kərt//kərt/