• WordNet 3.6
    • adj brusk marked by rude or peremptory shortness "try to cultivate a less brusque manner","a curt reply","the salesgirl was very short with him"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Brusk Same as Brusque.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • brusk Abrupt in manner; rough; rude.
    • brusk Synonyms see abrupt.
    • brusk In heraldry, tawny.
    • brusk To treat with scant courtesy or in a brusk, offhand way: as,”in this first dialogue he brusques Tasso,”
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In literature:

A young man rose very bruskly and asked if there was any one he would like to see.
"Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete" by Albert Bigelow Paine
He put one arm round her shoulder bruskly, and his hand closed on her tightly.
"In the Wilderness" by Robert Hichens
He greeted her bruskly.
"Famous Affinities of History, V2" by Lyndon Orr
He greeted her bruskly.
"Famous Affinities of History, Vol 1-4, Complete" by Lyndon Orr
Flint had been direct and business-like almost to the point of bruskness.
"The Blood Red Dawn" by Charles Caldwell Dobie
I live much alone and I fear my manner grows brusk.
"The Green Eyes of Bâst" by Sax Rohmer
Excuse me for seeming to be brusk and arbitrary," said the lieutenant smiling, "but I can't permit you to go back.
"Ned, Bob and Jerry on the Firing Line" by Clarence Young
Keith was brisk and brusk, breathing prosperity.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
He saw that I was brusk, so what does he do but draw me aside for a quiet explanation.
"International Short Stories" by Various
She interrupted him bruskly.
"The Gay Adventure" by Richard Bird