Definitions

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

  • See brusk, bruskly.
  • n. See brusk, bruskness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by rude or peremptory shortness

Etymologies

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)

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  • "'Let's go.' Brusquely, (he) motioned for her to lead the way. She accepted his urgency with a nod, and started at once down the path"

    Lord Foul's Bane, Chapter Five


    July 29, 2012

  • it means rude

    July 17, 2012