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.
1. At or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other.
2. Close in relevance or relationship.
3. Confined to specific persons.
4. Crowded; SYN. confining.
5. Fitting closely but comfortably; SYN. snug, close-fitting.
6. Inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information; SYN. closelipped, closemouthed, secretive, tightlipped.
7. Rigorously attentive; strict and thorough.
8. Strictly confined or guarded.
9. (Of a contest or contestants) Evenly matched; SYN. tight.
10. Marked by fidelity to an original; SYN. faithful.
11. Of textiles; SYN. tight.
12. Used of hair or haircuts.
ETYM Latin directus, p. p. of dirigere to direct: cf. French direct. Related to Dress, Dirge.
1. Proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short.
2. As an immediate result or consequence.
3. Immediate or direct in bearing or force; having nothing intervening.
5. Effected directly by action of the voters rather than through elected representatives.
6. Extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action.
7. In precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; SYN. verbatim.
ETYM French immédiat. Related to In- not, and Mediate.
1. Having no intervening medium.
2. Immediately before or after as in a chain of cause and effect.
3. Of the present time and place.
4. Performed with little or no delay; SYN. prompt, quick, straightaway.
ETYM Latin proximatus, p. p. of proximare to come near, to approach, from proximus the nearest, nest, superl. of propior nearer, and prope, adv, near.
1. Closest in degree or order (space or time) especially in a chain of causes and effects.
2. Very close in space or time.