Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Shortness; conciseness; tart abruptness, as of manner.

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

  • noun The quality of bing curt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being curt

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

  • noun an abrupt discourteous manner

Etymologies

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Examples

  • His curtness was an attempt to end this personal speculation on a topic that was none of their business.

    The Pride of Hannah Wade

  • His curtness was an attempt to end this personal speculation on a topic that was none of their business.

    The Pride of Hannah Wade

  • “We sure do,” Ted said heartily, knowing that Rita had been upset by his curtness when he arrived.

    I’ll Walk Alone

  • 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.

    England's Jonathan Trott and Alastair Cook hit sixes at ICC awards

  • Fia sat up and shoved her hair from her face, wondering at the curtness of his tone.

    Much Ado About Marriage

  • She had a curtness and a dismissiveness that I found very unpleasant.

    Gunn’s Golden Rules

  •  Father was the sort of man who greeted a telephone salesperson with utter brevity and curtness, but Tom Bradford was different.

    The Nielsens (part one)

  • She had a curtness and a dismissiveness that I found very unpleasant.

    Gunn’s Golden Rules

  • Fia sat up and shoved her hair from her face, wondering at the curtness of his tone.

    Much Ado About Marriage

  • She had a curtness and a dismissiveness that I found very unpleasant.

    Gunn’s Golden Rules

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  • In conversation he tends to curtness

    August 23, 2011