Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

Pronunciation of 

abrupt

view main entry for abruptadjective  /əˈbrʌpt/
Previous and next
American English pronunciation: abruptClick to listen to the pronunciation of abrupt

derived words

abruptly

   adverb
American English pronunciation: abruptlyClick to listen to the pronunciation of abruptly

abruptness

noun [uncountable]
abruptness noun [uncountable]Happening or done quickly, suddenly or immediately: suddenly, at once, straight away, promptly, on-the-spot, headlong, right now, straight, instantly, fastTalking in an unfriendly way: curt, terse, brusque, brisk, abrupt, short, peremptory, clipped, shortlyUnfriendliness: distance, hostility, severity, hauteur, the knives are out, stiffness, aloofness, frigidity, abruptness

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

profit margin

the difference between how much money you get when you sell something and how much it costs you...

Open Dictionary

dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog