adj. curt·er, curt·est
1. Rudely brief or abrupt, as in speech or manner: was curt and businesslike in the meeting; acknowledged him with a curt nod. See Synonyms at gruff.
2. Terse or condensed: a curt text message.
[Middle English, short, brief, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin curtus; see sker-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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