Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt. synonym: gruff.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See brusk, bruskness.
  • See brusk, bruskly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Rough and prompt in manner; blunt; abrupt; bluff.

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  • adjective Rudely abrupt, unfriendly.

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

  • adjective marked by rude or peremptory shortness

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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 briar.]

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From French brusque, from Italian brusco ("rude, sharp, sour"); origin unknown.

Examples

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  • it means rude

    July 17, 2012

  • "'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