short-spoken

short-spoken
adj
Using so few words that you seem impatient or angry; speaking in a short impatient way; saying as little as possible in an unfriendly way.

Jim is always short-spoken when he is tired.

We were hoping to borrow Dad's car, but he was so short-spoken when he came home that we were afraid to ask.


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  • Short-spoken — Short spo ken, a. Speaking in a quick or short manner; hence, gruff; curt. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • short-spoken — [shôrt′spōk΄ən] adj. 1. using only a few words; laconic 2. brief to the point of rudeness; curt …   English World dictionary

  • short-spoken — {adj.} Using so few words that you seem impatient or angry; speaking in a short impatient way; saying as little as possible in an unfriendly way. * /Jim is always short spoken when he is tired./ * /We were hoping to borrow Dad s car, but he was… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • short-spoken — {adj.} Using so few words that you seem impatient or angry; speaking in a short impatient way; saying as little as possible in an unfriendly way. * /Jim is always short spoken when he is tired./ * /We were hoping to borrow Dad s car, but he was… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • short-spoken — short′ spo′ken adj. speaking in a short, brief, or curt manner • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • short-spoken — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ adjective : not given to wasting words : curt * * * /shawrt spoh keuhn/, adj. speaking in a short, brief, or curt manner. [1860 65] * * * short spōˈken adjective Curt in speech • • • Main Entry: ↑short …   Useful english dictionary

  • short-spoken — /shawrt spoh keuhn/, adj. speaking in a short, brief, or curt manner. [1860 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • short-spoken — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Rudely unceremonious: abrupt, blunt, brief, brusque, crusty, curt, gruff, short. See ATTITUDE …   English dictionary for students

  • short-spoken — /ʃɔt ˈspoʊkən/ (say shawt spohkuhn) adjective speaking in a short, brief, or curt manner …  

  • short-spoken — adjective Date: 1865 curt …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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