• 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
Bruskly she pushed that part of the phrase aside.
"The Sick-a-Bed Lady" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Sir William nodded bruskly, and turned to the motionless figure of the woman.
"The Messenger" by Elizabeth Robins
She had a reputation for bruskness which passed for wit in her set.
"The Late Tenant" by Louis Tracy
He spoke bruskly, even mockingly, and laughed a short, grating laugh.
"The Deemster" by Hall Caine
Neale was growing slowly in the brusk old lady's good graces.
"The Corner House Girls' Odd Find" by Grace Brooks Hill
Then she took up her role bruskly as Winona returned.
"The Salamander" by Owen Johnson
She nodded to him bruskly, but offered him no welcoming hand.
"The Heart of Canyon Pass" by Thomas K. Holmes
Livingstone had seen the two girls recoil time and time again, shocked by his bruskness.
"Rough-Hewn" by Dorothy Canfield
Deutch bowed bruskly and withdrew.
""Persons Unknown"" by Virginia Tracy
You're brusk, but I'm in debt to you for life.
"The Dramas of Victor Hugo" by Victor Hugo