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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Communicating in a rude and unfriendly way (for example, because you do not want to waste time in friendly conversation). In a sudden and unexpected manner.

Usage examples (33)
  • Mr. Mason was known for his abruptness and impoliteness.
  • "Miss Milray," said Clementina, with a kind of abruptness, "do you eva hear anything from Dr. Welwright?"
  • Then with startling abruptness the green net came.
  • He jerked out the inquiry with breathless abruptness. for more
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