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3 definitions found
 for brusque
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Brusque \Brusque\, a. [F. brusque, from It. brusco brusque,
     tart, sour, perh. fr. L. (vitis) labrusca wild (vine); or cf.
     OHG. bruttisc grim, fr. brutti terror.]
     Rough and prompt in manner; blunt; abrupt; bluff; as, a
     brusque man; a brusque style.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  brusque
      adj 1: marked by rude or peremptory shortness; "try to cultivate
             a less brusque manner"; "a curt reply"; "the salesgirl
             was very short with him" [syn: brusque, brusk,
             curt, short(p)]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  115 Moby Thesaurus words for "brusque":
     Spartan, abbreviated, abridged, abrupt, aggressive, aposiopestic,
     artless, bearish, beastly, bluff, blunt, brash, brief, broad,
     candid, cavalier, churlish, clipped, close, close-tongued,
     closemouthed, compact, compendious, compressed, concise, condensed,
     contracted, crisp, crusty, curt, cut, direct, discourteous, docked,
     downright, dumb, economical of words, elliptic, epigrammatic,
     explicit, forthright, frank, frankhearted, free, free-speaking,
     free-spoken, free-tongued, genuine, gnomic, gruff, harsh,
     heart-to-heart, ill-mannered, impolite, indisposed to talk,
     ingenuous, laconic, mum, mute, open, openhearted, outspoken,
     overbearing, pithy, plain, plain-spoken, pointed, pruned, quiet,
     reserved, rough, round, rude, sententious, severe, sharp, short,
     short and sweet, shortened, silent, sincere, snippety, snippy,
     snug, sparing of words, speechless, straight, straight-out,
     straightforward, succinct, summary, surly, synopsized, taciturn,
     terse, tight, tight-lipped, to the point, tongue-tied, transparent,
     truculent, truncated, unchecked, uncivil, unconstrained,
     unequivocal, ungracious, unguarded, unloquacious, unmannerly,
     unreserved, unrestrained, untalkative, word-bound, wordless
  
  

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