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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kurt]
    • /kɜrt/
    • /kɜːt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kurt]
    • /kɜrt/

Definitions of curt word

  • adjective curt If you describe someone as curt, you mean that they speak or reply in a brief and rather rude way. 3
  • adjective curt rudely blunt and brief; abrupt 3
  • adjective curt short or concise 3
  • adjective curt short or shortened 3
  • adjective curt brief, esp. to the point of rudeness; terse or brusque 3
  • adjective curt rudely brief in speech or abrupt in manner. 1

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Origin of curt

First appearance:

before 1620
One of the 42% oldest English words
First recorded in 1620-30, curt is from the Latin word curtus shortened, short, cut short

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Parts of speech for Curt


curt popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for curt

adj curt

  • pithy — brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning; terse; forcible: a pithy observation.
  • offhand — cavalierly, curtly, or brusquely: to reply offhand.
  • terse — neatly or effectively concise; brief and pithy, as language.
  • concise — Something that is concise says everything that is necessary without using any unnecessary words.
  • brusque — blunt or curt in manner or speech

adjective curt

  • brisk — A brisk activity or action is done quickly and in an energetic way.
  • rude — discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way: a rude reply.
  • snappy — Snappy Video Snapshot

Antonyms for curt

adj curt

  • long-winded — talking or writing at tedious length: long-winded after-dinner speakers.
  • wordy — characterized by or given to the use of many, or too many, words; verbose: She grew impatient at his wordy reply.
  • polite — showing good manners toward others, as in behavior, speech, etc.; courteous; civil: a polite reply.
  • tactful — having or manifesting tact: a tactful person; a tactful reply.
  • ceremonious — especially or excessively polite or formal

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