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Definition of curtly:

  1. Briefly.


soon, suddenly, before long, elliptically, pithily, dead, presently, laconically, in brief, unawares, in short, short, shortly, summarily.

Usage examples:

  • " Mebbe," said Lanty curtly.

    - "Openings in the Old Trail", Bret Harte.
  • " Lead back," I directed curtly.

    - "The Metal Monster", A. Merritt.
  • I don't have my glasses on, ' Prime Suspect's mother answered curtly.

    - "Underground", Suelette Dreyfus.