(of a person’s manner or behaviour) appearing rude because very few words are used, or because something is done in a very quick way synonym abrupt, brusque a curt reply a curt nod A curt note of rejection arrived from the company director. His tone was curt and unfriendly. She dismissed him with a curt nod of the head. She ignored the curt order. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘short, shortened’): from Latin curtus
‘cut short, abridged’.