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"curt" in British English

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curtadjective

uk   /kɜːt/ us   /kɝːt/ disapproving
curtly
adverb uk   /ˈkɜːt.li/ us   /ˈkɝːt.li/
Steve answered curtly and turned his back on me.
curtness
noun [U] uk   /ˈkɜːt.nəs/ us   /ˈkɝːt.nəs/
Claire's curtness made him wonder what he'd done wrong.
(Definition of curt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"curt" in American English

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curtadjective

us   /kɜrt/
(of a person’s manner or speech) rude as a result of being very quick or brief: He sent a curt, one-sentence letter of resignation to the mayor.
curtly
adverb us   /ˈkɜrt·li/
She nodded to him curtly and kept talking to someone else.
(Definition of curt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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