curt mid-14c., from L. curtus " (cut) short, shortened, incomplete," from PIE root * (s)ker- "to cut" (see SHORT (Cf. short)). Sense of "rude" is first recorded 1831. The Latin word was adopted early into most Germanic languages (Cf. Icelandic korta, Ger. kurz, etc.) and drove out the native words based on P.Gmc. *skurt-, but English retains SHORT (Cf. short).

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  • curt´ly — curt «kurt», adjective. 1. short; short and rude; abrupt: »a curt remark. His curt way of speaking makes him seem rude.o> A curt nod was the only notice he gave that he knew she was there. SYNONYM(S): brusque. See syn. under blunt. (Cf.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Curt — (k[u^]rt), a. [L. curtus; cf. Skr. kart to cut. Cf. {Curtail}.] Characterized by excessive brevity; short; rudely concise; as, curt limits; a curt answer. [1913 Webster] The curt, yet comprehensive reply. W. Irving. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curt — [ kɜrt ] adjective using few words in a way that shows you are impatient or angry: a curt reply/note/announcement She apologized for being so curt with me. ╾ curt|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • curt — curt·ly; curt·ness; curt; curt·sy; …   English syllables

  • curt — [kə:t US kə:rt] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: curtus shortened ] using very few words in a way that seems rude ▪ With a curt nod, he turned away and sat down. ▪ a curt note >curtly adv >curtness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • curt. — curt., curt. An abbreviation of current a., esp. in such phrases as the 10th curt., i.e. of the current month …   Useful english dictionary

  • Curt — m 1 German: variant spelling of KURT (SEE Kurt). 2 English: originally an Anglicized spelling of German KURT (SEE Kurt), but now also used as a short form of CURTIS (SEE Curtis). Association with the vocabulary word …   First names dictionary

  • curt — curt, ă, curţi, te, adj. (reg.) scurt de coadă, berc, ciumpav, ciopârtac, retezat, ciont. Trimis de blaurb, 02.05.2006. Sursa: DAR  curt ( tă), adj. – (Trans., Banat) Berc, fără coadă. Mag. kurta (DAR). Trimis de blaurb, 05.07.2007. Sursa: DER …   Dicționar Român

  • curt — [kʉrt] adj. [L curtus: see SHORT] 1. Archaic short or shortened 2. brief, esp. to the point of rudeness; terse or brusque [a curt reply] SYN. BLUNT curtly adv. curtness n …   English World dictionary

  • Curt. — Curt., bei Tiernamen Abkürzung für J. H. Curtis, Maler und Entomolog in London, geb. 1761, gest. 1861; oder für W. Curtis (s.d. 1) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Curt — (oder auch Kunz) ist die altdeutsche Benennung von Conradus …   Vollständiges Heiligen-Lexikon

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