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  • n. The state of being curt

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of bing curt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. an abrupt discourteous manner


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

    The Pride of Hannah Wade

  • 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

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

    I’ll Walk Alone

  •  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)

  • 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

  • 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.

    You Don't Take Names

  • He pronounced the hereditary tide with a curtness that approached insult.

    do you ever read writing?

  • 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.

    A River So Long

  • 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.

    Obama Nixes Hillary's Invite To Town Hall Meeting


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  • In conversation he tends to curtness

    August 23, 2011