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The adjective is borrowed from French brusque, from Italian brusco (abrupt, sudden, brusque; brisk; eager; sour, tart; unripe; grim-looking); further etymology unknown.

The verb is derived from the adjective.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key)/bɹʊsk//bɹuːsk//bɹʌsk/
  • (General American) IPA(key)/bɹʌsk/
  • Rhymes: -ʌsk


brusque (comparative brusquer or more brusquesuperlative brusquest or most brusque)

  1. Rudely abrupt; curt, unfriendly.
    Synonyms: offhandshort
  2. (obsolete) Sour, tart.

Alternative forms

  • brusk (Britain, obsolete, or US)

Derived terms

  • brusquely
  • brusqueness
  • brusqueriebrusquery

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