Part of speech: adjective
Origin: French & Italian, 16th century
Very abrupt or curt
Examples of Brusque in a sentence
"Her short, brusque reply said more than any wordy explanation could."
"Rather than being brusque with customers, I try to listen and respond politely."
Popularity Over Time
In English, the word brusque was first used to describe a tart flavor in wine. While it is now more commonly used to describe tartness in behavior associated with people, it is still sometimes used in wine reviews.
Did you Know?
In its original French and Italian meanings, brusque can be translated as several different things, including "lively" and "fierce" or "rude" and "sharp." One of its roots, the Italian brusco, means "sour."