from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt. See Synonyms at gruff.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Rudely abrupt, unfriendly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Rough and prompt in manner; blunt; abrupt; bluff.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See brusk, bruskness.
- See brusk, bruskly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. marked by rude or peremptory shortness
French, lively, fierce, from Italian brusco, coarse, rough, from Late Latin brūscum, perhaps blend of Latin rūscus, butcher's broom, and Late Latin brūcus, heather; see briar1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French brusque, from Italian brusco ("rude, sharp, sour"); origin unknown. (Wiktionary)