from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Rudely brief or abrupt, as in speech or manner. See Synonyms at gruff.
- adj. Using few words; terse.
- adj. Having been shortened.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Brief or terse, especially to the point of being rude.
- adj. Short or concise
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Characterized by excessive brevity; short; rudely concise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Short; concise; compressed.
- Short and dry; tartly abrupt; brusk.
- A contraction of current: common in acct. curt., account current.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. brief and to the point; effectively cut short
- adj. marked by rude or peremptory shortness
Middle English, short, brief, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin curtus; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin curtus ("shortened"). (Wiktionary)