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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bruhpt]
    • /əˈbrʌpt/
    • /əˈbrʌpt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bruhpt]
    • /əˈbrʌpt/

Definitions of abruptly word

  • adjective abruptly sudden or unexpected: an abrupt departure. 1
  • adjective abruptly curt or brusque in speech, manner, etc.: an abrupt reply. 1
  • adjective abruptly terminating or changing suddenly: an abrupt turn in a road. 1
  • adjective abruptly having many sudden changes from one subject to another; lacking in continuity or smoothness: an abrupt writing style. 1
  • adjective abruptly steep; precipitous: an abrupt descent. 1
  • adjective abruptly Botany. truncate (def 4). 1

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Origin of abruptly

First appearance:

before 1575
One of the 34% oldest English words
1575-85; < Latin abruptus broken off (past participle of abrumpere), equivalent to ab- ab- + -rup- break + -tus past participle suffix

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Parts of speech for Abruptly


abruptly popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abruptly

adv abruptly

  • suddenly — happening, coming, made, or done quickly, without warning, or unexpectedly: a sudden attack.
  • unexpectedly — not expected; unforeseen; surprising: an unexpected pleasure; an unexpected development.
  • precipitous — of the nature of or characterized by precipices: a precipitous wall of rock.
  • all of a sudden — If something happens all of a sudden, it happens quickly and unexpectedly.
  • short — having little length; not long.

adverb abruptly

  • rapidly — occurring within a short time; happening speedily: rapid growth.
  • hastily — moving or acting with haste; speedy; quick; hurried.
  • immediately — without lapse of time; without delay; instantly; at once: Please telephone him immediately.
  • quickly — with speed; rapidly; very soon.
  • hurriedly — moving or working rapidly, especially forced or required to hurry, as a person.

adjective abruptly

  • dead — A person, animal, or plant that is dead is no longer living.

Antonyms for abruptly

adverb abruptly

  • gradually — taking place, changing, moving, etc., by small degrees or little by little: gradual improvement in health.
  • politely — showing good manners toward others, as in behavior, speech, etc.; courteous; civil: a polite reply.

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