adjective \ˈbrəsk\

: talking or behaving in a very direct, brief, and unfriendly way

Full Definition of BRUSQUE

:  markedly short and abrupt
:  blunt in manner or speech often to the point of ungracious harshness
brusque·ly adverb
brusque·ness noun

Variants of BRUSQUE

brusque also brusk \ˈbrəsk\

Origin of BRUSQUE

French brusque, from Italian brusco, from Medieval Latin bruscus butcher's-broom (plant with bristly twigs)
First Known Use: 1651

Synonym Discussion of BRUSQUE

bluff, blunt, brusque, curt, crusty, gruff mean abrupt and unceremonious in speech and manner. bluff connotes good-natured outspokenness and unconventionality <a bluff manner>. blunt suggests directness of expression in disregard of others' feelings <a blunt appraisal>. brusque applies to a sharpness or ungraciousness <a brusque response>. curt implies disconcerting shortness or rude conciseness <a curt command>. crusty suggests a harsh or surly manner sometimes concealing an inner kindliness <a crusty exterior>. gruff suggests a hoarse or husky speech which may imply bad temper but more often implies embarrassment or shyness <puts on a gruff pose>.

Rhymes with BRUSQUE

BRUSK Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈbrəsk\

Definition of BRUSQUE for Kids

:  so abrupt and frank in manner or speech as to be impolite <a brusque doctor> <a brusque reply>
brusque·ly adjective
brusque·ness noun


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