Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Shortness; conciseness; tart abruptness, as of manner.
- n. The state of being curt
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality of bing curt.
- n. an abrupt discourteous manner
“His curtness was an attempt to end this personal speculation on a topic that was none of their business.”
“In fact Curtly's curtness was a pleasant balm to the bombast and phoniness of even the most well-intentioned and unarguably necessary awards do, an impression not immediately dispelled by the appearance of the hosts, an unlikely sandwiching together of Gaby Logan and Ravi Shastri.”
““We sure do,” Ted said heartily, knowing that Rita had been upset by his curtness when he arrived.”
“ Father was the sort of man who greeted a telephone salesperson with utter brevity and curtness, but Tom Bradford was different.”
“Fia sat up and shoved her hair from her face, wondering at the curtness of his tone.”
“She had a curtness and a dismissiveness that I found very unpleasant.”
“She wished him a good morning in a cool voice and offered to make him a cup of tea, which he refused with a curtness which verged upon rudeness.”
“He pronounced the hereditary tide with a curtness that approached insult.”
“The curtness of the dismissal raised a flush in Yves's smooth, scrubbed cheeks, and for a moment Cadfael feared for the young man's newly achieved maturity.”
“Note please that I am not suggesting the Obamas should accede to HRC's campaign strategy, only that they tone down the snide curtness of their responses.”
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