Did you know?

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

Talking in an unfriendly way

curt

adjective

using few words in a way that shows you are impatient or angry

terse

adjective

a terse statement or remark is very short and often shows that the person making it is annoyed

brusque

adjective

speaking quickly in an unfriendly way using very few words

brisk

adjective

speaking quickly and only saying what is necessary. This word is sometimes used for saying that someone seems unfriendly

abrupt

adjective

behaving or speaking in a way that seems rude to other people because you do not take the time to be friendly

short

adjective

rude and unfriendly when speaking to someone

peremptory

adjective

speaking or behaving rather rudely, as if you expect other people to obey you immediately

clipped

adjective

speaking clearly and quickly, in a way that seems unfriendly

shortly

adverb

if you say something shortly, you sound annoyed or rude

abruptly

adverb

kabaddi

a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

Ouch!

a response to a scathing comment or unpleasant situation

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