his brusque manners

curt, abrupt, blunt, short, sharp, terse, peremptory, gruff; offhand, discourteous, impolite, rude; informal snappy
brusque, blunt, bluff, curt, gruff, surly
Brusque, which comes from an Italian word meaning rude, describes an abruptness of speech or manner that is not necessarily meant to be rude (a brusque handshake; a brusque reply). Curt is more deliberately unfriendly, suggesting brevity and coldness of manner (a curt dismissal). There's nothing wrong with being blunt, although it implies an honesty and directness that can border on tactlessness (a blunt reply to his question about where the money went). Someone who is bluff is usually more likable, possessing a frank, hearty manner that may be a little too outspoken but is seldom offensive (a bluff man who rarely minced words). Exhibiting gruff or surly behavior will not win friends, since both words suggest bad temper if not rudeness. But gruff is used to describe a rough or grouchy disposition and, like bluff, is applied more often to a man. Anyone who has had to deal with an overworked store clerk while shopping during the holidays knows the meaning of surly, which is worse than gruff. It describes not only a sour disposition but an outright hostility toward people, and it can apply to someone of either sex (that surly woman at the customer service desk).

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  • brusque — [ brysk ] adj. • 1549; it. brusco « âpre, non poli, rude » 1 ♦ (Généralt apr. le n.) Qui agit avec une certaine rudesse et d une manière soudaine. Homme brusque. ⇒ brutal, nerveux, rude, vif, violent. Il est un peu brusque parce que timide. ⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Brusque (SC) — Brusque (Santa Catarina) Pour les articles homonymes, voir Brusque. 27° 05′ 52″ S 48° 55′ 04″ W …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Brusque — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Brusque [Image:Brusque vue generale.JPG País …   Wikipedia Español

  • brusque — BRUSQUE. adj. des 2 g. Prompt et rude. Homme brusque. Femme brusque. Humeur brusque. Air brusque. Réponse brusque. Et on dit quelquefois, Faire une réponse brusque, pour dire, Faire sur le champ une réponse sèche et dure …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • brusque — BRUSQUE. adj. de tout genre. Prompt, rude, un peu estourdi. Homme brusque. femme brusque. humeur brusque. response brusque. parole brusque. air brusque …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Brusque — Brusque, a. [F. brusque, from It. brusco brusque, tart, sour, perh. fr. L. (vitis) labrusca wild (vine); or cf. OHG. bruttisc grim, fr. brutti terror.] Rough and prompt in manner; blunt; abrupt; bluff; as, a brusque man; a brusque style. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brusque — [ brusk ] adjective speaking quickly in an unfriendly way using very few words: CURT: His tone was brusque. She often seems a little brusque when she is interviewing people. a. using quick movements, that show that you do not feel friendly toward …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Brusque — may refer to:* Brusque, Aveyron, France * Brusque, Santa Catarina, Brazil * Nicolas Brusque (born 1976), French rugby union footballer * Brusque Futebol Clube, Brazilian football (soccer) club …   Wikipedia

  • brusque´ly — brusque «bruhsk», adjective. abrupt in manner or speech; blunt: »He was brusque in saying “I don t like it” when he could have said “No, thank you.” SYNONYM(S): curt, bluff. ╂[< French brusque < Italian brusco coarse < Late Latin brūscus …   Useful english dictionary

  • Brusque — ist der Name verschiedener Orte: Brusque (Santa Catarina) in Brasilien Brusque (Aveyron) in Frankreich Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort bezeichneter Begriffe …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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