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curt

adjective uk   /kɜːt/  us   /kɝːt/ disapproving
If someone's manner or speech is curt, it is rude as a result of being very quick: to give a curt nod/reply The boss was rather curt with him.
curtly
adverb uk   /ˈkɜːt.li/  us   /ˈkɝːt-/
Steve answered curtly and turned his back on me.
curtness
noun [U] uk   /ˈkɜːt.nəs/  us   /ˈkɝːt-/
Claire's curtness made him wonder what he'd done wrong.
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