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brusque (brusk)

 
 
pronunciation:
bruhsk
part of speech: adjective
definition: impolitely abrupt in speech or actions; curt.
He'd planned to ask the clerk a number of questions, but her brusque manner intimidated him.
synonyms:
abrupt, curt, short
antonyms:
polite
similar words:
bluff, blunt, brash, brisk, gruff, hasty, impolite, plain-spoken, plump, rude, sharp, snappish, surly, uncivil
derivations: brusquely (adv.), brusqueness (n.)