The definition of abrupt is when something suddenly happens or changes suddenly, with no advance warning.adjective
An example of abrupt is a driver quickly making a left turn without putting his turn signal on first.
Abrupt is when someone is short or curt in their manner or actions.adjective
An example of abrupt is a teacher who always cuts her students off in conversation without ever stopping to listen.
Abrupt means the edge of something appears to break off suddenly or steeply.adjective
An example of abrupt is a high cliff on the edge of a mountain.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- coming, happening, or ending suddenly; sudden; unexpected
- curt or gruff in behavior or speech; brusque
- very steep: said as of a precipice
- jumping from topic to topic without proper transitions; jerky and disconnected
- Geol. having sudden variations in composition, form, etc.: said esp. of adjacent rock formations
Origin: L abruptus, pp. of abrumpere, to break off < ab-, off + rumpere, to break: see rupture
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- Unexpectedly sudden: an abrupt change in the weather.
- Surprisingly curt; brusque: an abrupt answer made in anger.
- Touching on one subject after another with sudden transitions: abrupt prose.
- Steeply inclined. See Synonyms at steep1.
- Botany Terminating suddenly rather than gradually; truncate: an abrupt leaf.
Origin: Latin abruptus, past participle of abrumpere, to break off : ab-, away; see ab-1 + rumpere, to break; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
- a·bruptˈly adverb
- a·bruptˈness noun