WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 ab•rupt /əˈbrʌpt/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ab•rupt•ness, n. [uncountable]See -rupt-.
- sudden or unexpected: an abrupt departure.
- so short as to be unfriendly or impolite:an abrupt reply.
- changing suddenly;
sharp: an abrupt turn in a road.
(ə brupt′),USA pronunciation adj.
- sudden or unexpected:an abrupt departure.
- curt or brusque in speech, manner, etc.:an abrupt reply.
- terminating or changing suddenly:an abrupt turn in a road.
- having many sudden changes from one subject to another;
lacking in continuity or smoothness:an abrupt writing style.
precipitous:an abrupt descent.
- Botanytruncate (def. 4).
- Latin abruptus broken off (past participle of abrumpere), equivalent. to ab- ab- + -rup- break + -tus past participle suffix
- 1, 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged quick, sharp. See sudden.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged short, hurried, hasty, blunt.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged discontinuous, broken, uneven.
- 1, 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged gradual.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged deliberate;
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abrupt /əˈbrʌpt/ adj
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin abruptus broken off, from ab-1 + rumpere to breakabˈruptly adv abˈruptness n
- sudden; unexpected
- brusque or brief in speech, manner, etc; curt
- (of a style of writing or speaking) making sharp transitions from one subject to another; disconnected
- precipitous; steep
- shaped as though a part has been cut off; truncate
- (of strata) cropping out suddenly
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