ETYM Latin abruptus, p. p. of abrumpere to break off; ab + rumpere to break. Related to Rupture.
1. Exceedingly sudden and unexpected.
2. Extremely steep; SYN. precipitous, sharp.
3. Marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions; SYN. disconnected.
4. Surprisingly and unceremoniously brusque in manner.
ETYM French brusque, from Italian brusco brusque, tart, sour, perh. from Latin (vitis) labrusca wild (vine); or cf. Old High Germ. bruttisc grim, from brutti terror.
Marked by rude or peremptory shortness; SYN. brusk, curt, short.
Blunt in speech or conduct.