Definition of curt in English:



  • Rudely brief.

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