from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt. See Synonyms at gruff.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Rudely abrupt, unfriendly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rough and prompt in manner; blunt; abrupt; bluff.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See brusk, bruskly.
  • n. See brusk, bruskness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by rude or peremptory shortness


French, lively, fierce, from Italian brusco, coarse, rough, from Late Latin brūscum, perhaps blend of Latin rūscus, butcher's broom, and Late Latin brūcus, heather; see briar1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French brusque, from Italian brusco ("rude, sharp, sour"); origin unknown. (Wiktionary)



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