Curt vs. Terse

Curt vs. Terse — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Curt and Terse

Curtadjective

Rudely brief or abrupt, as in speech or manner

was curt and businesslike in the meeting.acknowledged him with a curt nod.

Terseadjective

Brief and to the point; effectively concise

a terse one-word answer.

Curtadjective

Terse or condensed

a curt text message.

Terseadjective

(obsolete) Burnished, polished; fine, smooth; neat, spruce.

Curtadjective

Brief or terse, especially to the point of being rude.

Terseadjective

(by extension) Of speech or style: brief, concise, to the point.

Curtadjective

Short or concise.

Terseadjective

(by extension) Of manner or speech: abruptly or brusquely short; curt.

Curtverb

To cut, cut short, shorten.

Terseadjective

brief and to the point; effectively cut short;

a crisp retorta response so curt as to be almost rudethe laconic reply; `yes'short and terse and easy to understand

Curtadjective

marked by rude or peremptory shortness;

try to cultivate a less brusque mannera curt replythe salesgirl was very short with him

Curtadjective

brief and to the point; effectively cut short;

a crisp retorta response so curt as to be almost rudethe laconic reply; `yes'short and terse and easy to understand