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Meaning & Definition of Abrupt in English

English

Abrupt

/əbrəpt/

adjective

1. Marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions

  • "Abrupt prose"
    synonym:
  • abrupt
  • ,
  • disconnected

2. Exceedingly sudden and unexpected

  • "Came to an abrupt stop"
  • "An abrupt change in the weather"
    synonym:
  • abrupt

3. Extremely steep

  • "An abrupt canyon"
  • "The precipitous rapids of the upper river"
  • "The precipitous hills of chinese paintings"
  • "A sharp drop"
    synonym:
  • abrupt
  • ,
  • precipitous
  • ,
  • sharp

4. Surprisingly and unceremoniously brusque in manner

  • "An abrupt reply"
    synonym:
  • abrupt

Examples of using

Don't make abrupt moves.
She made an abrupt answer.