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

  • adj. Given to shortness or abruptness in manner or speech; curt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Speaking in a quick or short manner; hence, gruff; curt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Speaking in a short or quick-tempered manner; sharp in address; curt of speech.


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  • Often it made him cross and short-spoken with her.

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  • Though short-spoken, he could wax colorful when he wanted.

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  • Into the stunned silence that followed this outburst from short-spoken, reticent Olive, there came a new voice; such a sweet, lovely voice with

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  • I was trying to move the sofa at the moment and I was inclined to be short-spoken.

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  • My Dear Charles, -- St. John, in 1914 a light-hearted lieut., advancing and retiring with his platoon as an all-seeing Providence or a short-spoken

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  • There was little frolic left in them when night came; they were short-spoken, prone to grow fierce over trifles.

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  • The young clerk flushed with pleasure at this chorus of praise, rude and indiscriminate indeed, and yet so much heartier and less grudging than any which he had ever heard from the critical brother Jerome, or the short-spoken Abbot.

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  • There was mischief brewing among these hot-headed, short-spoken salts, but Captain Foley changed the subject to discuss the new ships which were being built in the French ports.

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