AskDefine | Define abruptly

Dictionary Definition

abruptly adv : quickly and without warning; "he stopped suddenly" [syn: suddenly, short, dead]

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Derivative of abrupt



  1. In an abrupt manner; without giving notice, or without the usual forms; suddenly.
  2. precipitously.

Derived terms


in an abrupt manner
  • Dutch: abrupt, bruusk
  • Finnish: äkillisesti, yhtäkkiä, yht'äkkiä
  • German: abrupt, plötzlich, unerwartet
  • Portuguese: abruptamente
  • Spanish: abruptamente
  • Dutch: plots, plotseling
  • Finnish: äkkijyrkkä, äkillinen
  • German: abgerissen, abschüssig
  • Spanish: precipitadamente

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

a corps perdu, bang, bearishly, bluffly, bluntly, boorishly, brashly, brusquely, cavalierly, churlishly, crustily, curtly, dash, forthwith, gruffly, harshly, hastily, head over heels, headfirst, headforemost, headlong, heels over head, impetuously, impulsively, like a flash, like a thunderbolt, nastily, of a sudden, on short notice, plop, plump, plunk, pop, precipitantly, precipitately, precipitously, rashly, sharp, sharply, short, shortly, slap, slap-bang, smack, snippily, startlingly, sudden, suddenly, surprisingly, unawares, unexpectedly, without notice, without warning
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