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curt

adjective     /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.Blunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasive curtly     /ˈkɜːt.li/ US  /ˈkɝːt-/ adverb Steve answered curtly and turned his back on me.Blunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasive curtness     /ˈkɜːt.nəs/ US  /ˈkɝːt-/ noun [U] Claire's curtness made him wonder what he'd done wrong.Blunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasive
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