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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-/
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.
(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 ​kepttalking to someone ​else.
(Definition of curt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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