What does the word brusque mean?

    Part of speech: noun


  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Brusquely.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Rude or curt; blunt; offhand.

Usage examples for brusque

  1. The wood thrush's call is extremely sharp and brusque, and is usually fired off in a little volley; that of the Wilson is a sort of whine, or snarl, in distressing contrast with his song; the hermit's is a quick, sotto voce, sometimes almost inaudible chuck; the Swainson's is a mellow whistle; while that of the Alice is something between the Swainson's and the Wilson's,- not so gentle and refined as the former, nor so outrageously vulgar as the latter. – Birds in the Bush by Bradford Torrey
  2. " I thought you wouldn't like the bed," she said, with the brusque familiarity of an old servant and friend. – A Butterfly on the Wheel by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  3. She had loved a hard, brusque man, and had found a certain satisfaction in his blunt and not too considerate affection; now she found something interesting in a nature that seemed boyish to softness, that was no doubt full of absurdity, that was, so people said, and he himself boasted, given over to vice, to the tasting of emotions that is unfortunately so dangerous, often so inhuman in its humanity. – The Green Carnation by Robert Smythe Hichens