Etymology
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curt (adj.)

mid-14c., court, "short, concise, compressed," from Latin curtus "(cut) short, shortened, incomplete," from PIE root *sker- (1) "to cut." Sense of "rude, tartly abrupt" is attested by 1831.

The Latin word was adopted early into most Germanic languages (compare Icelandic korta, German kurz, etc.) and drove out the native words based on Proto-Germanic *skurt-, but English retains short (adj.), which also has a secondary sense of "rudely abrupt." Related: Curtal.

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Definitions of curt

curt (adj.)
marked by rude or peremptory shortness;
a curt reply
Synonyms: brusque / brusk / short
curt (adj.)
brief and to the point; effectively cut short; "the laconic reply; `yes'";
a response so curt as to be almost rude
Synonyms: crisp / laconic / terse
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