Meaning of “abrupt” in the English Dictionary

"abrupt" in British English

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uk /əˈbrʌpt/ us /əˈbrʌpt/

abrupt adjective (SUDDEN)

C2 sudden and unexpected, and often unpleasant:

an abrupt change/movement
Our conversation came to an abrupt end when George burst into the room.
The road ended in an abrupt (= sudden and very steep) slope down to the sea.

More examples

  • The car juddered and came to an abrupt halt in the middle of the road.
  • There was an abrupt change in her attitude towards me when she heard that I was Alan's girlfriend.
  • The party came to rather an abrupt ending when Tom's parents came home.
  • There was an abrupt fall in our sales figures following the bad publicity.
  • As you step into the air-conditioned office, there is an abrupt change in temperature.
adverb uk /əˈbrʌ us /əˈbrʌ

The talks ended abruptly when one of the delegations walked out in protest.
noun [ U ] uk /əˈbrʌpt.nəs/ us /əˈbrʌpt.nəs/

(Definition of “abrupt” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"abrupt" in American English

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us /əˈbrʌpt/

abrupt adjective (SUDDEN)

sudden and not expected, often with unpleasant results:

There was an abrupt change in her mood.
We came to an abrupt curve in the road.

abrupt adjective (NOT FRIENDLY)

not friendly or polite; showing little interest in talking to other people:

His abrupt manner makes me uncomfortable.
adverb us /əˈbrʌp·tli/

They abruptly left the party.

(Definition of “abrupt” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)