• (America) IPA: /ə.bɹʌpt/, /aˈbɹʌpt/


  1. (obsolete, rare) Broken away (from restraint). [Attested only in the late 16th century.]
  2. Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
    The party came to an abrupt end when the parents of our host arrived.
  3. Curt in manner. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
    Synonyms: brusque, rude, uncivil, impolite
    • 1841 February–November, Charles Dickens, “Barnaby Rudge”, in Master Humphrey’s Clock, volume II, London: Chapman & Hall, […], OCLC 633494058 ↗, chapter 12, page 301 ↗:
      With no great disparity between them in point of years, they were, in every other respect, as unlike and far removed from each other as two men could well be. The one was soft-spoken, delicately made, precise, and elegant; the other, a burly square-built man, negligently dressed, rough and abrupt in manner, stern, and, in his present mood, forbidding both in look and speech.
  4. Having sudden transitions from one subject or state to another; unconnected; disjointed. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  5. (obsolete) Broken off. [Attested from the early 17th century until the mid 18th century.]
  6. Extremely steep or craggy as if broken up; precipitous. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
  7. (botany) Suddenly terminating, as if cut off; truncate. [First attested in the early 19th century.]
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  • German: abgestumpft
  • Spanish: abrupto

abrupt (abrupts, present participle abrupting; past and past participle abrupted)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To tear off or asunder. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
  2. To interrupt suddenly. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
  • Portuguese: abscindir
Translations Noun

abrupt (plural abrupts)

  1. (poetic) Something which is abrupt; an abyss. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]

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