Origin of brusqueFrench from Italian brusco from Medieval Latin bruscus, brushwood; probably akin to brush, but influenced, influence by Italian rusco from Classical Latin ruscum, butcher's-broom
An example of brusque is when someone asks you a question and you barely give a two word answer or look them in the eye.
Origin of brusqueFrench lively, fierce from Italian brusco coarse, rough from Late Latin brūscum perhaps blend of Latin rūscus butcher's broom, Late Latin brūcus heather ; see briar 1.
(comparative brusquer or more brusque, superlative brusquest or most brusque)
- Rudely abrupt, unfriendly.
- Brusque, impatient and sarcastic, his often abrasive manner rubbed many crewmembers the wrong way.
- He was brusque and candid, two traits she hadn't yet gotten used to.
- His tone was brusque.
- She took a bite of her sandwich and glanced up when he finally spoke, his tone brusque.
- The last admonition is characteristic, as Shammai was choleric and brusque.