noun1. an abrupt discourteous manner (Freq. 1)• Derivationally related forms: ↑short (for: ↑shortness), ↑gruff (for: ↑gruffness), ↑curt (for: ↑curtness), ↑brusque (for: ↑brusqueness), ↑abrupt2. the property possessed by a slope that is very steep• Ant: ↑gradualness• Derivationally related forms: ↑steep (for: ↑steepness), ↑precipitous (for: ↑precipitousness), ↑abrupt3. the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning• Derivationally related forms: ↑sudden (for: ↑suddenness), ↑precipitant (for: ↑precipitancy), ↑precipitant (for: ↑precipitance), ↑precipitous (for: ↑precipitousness), ↑precipitate (for: ↑precipitateness), ↑abrupt
Useful english dictionary. 2012.