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