Meaning of “curt” in the English Dictionary

"curt" in British English

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uk /kɜːt/ us /kɝːt/ disapproving
adverb uk /ˈkɜː us /ˈkɝː

Steve answered curtly and turned his back on me.
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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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.
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)