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Slow to perceive, understand, or feel; dull or insensitive:
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  1. Slow to perceive, understand, or feel; dull or insensitive:
  2. Having a dull edge or point; not sharp
  3. Abrupt and often disconcertingly frank in speech:
Coarse or shaggy to the touch:
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  1. Coarse or shaggy to the touch:
  2. Not perfected, completed, or fully detailed:
  3. Lacking polish or finesse:
Having, resembling, or being a crust:
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  1. Having, resembling, or being a crust:
  2. Outspoken and surly. Used especially of older people.
  3. Rough and outspoken; not patient, kindly, or refined
Bad-tempered; sullenly rude; hostile and uncivil
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  1. Bad-tempered; sullenly rude; hostile and uncivil
  2. Threatening, as of weather conditions; ominous:
  3. Threatening, menacing, gloomy.
Severe, cruel, or exacting:
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  1. Severe, cruel, or exacting:
  2. Unpleasantly sharp or rough
  3. Unpleasantly coarse and rough to the touch:
Irritating or annoying
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  1. Irritating or annoying
  2. Harsh and rasping
Not perfected, completed, or fully detailed:
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  1. Not perfected, completed, or fully detailed:
  2. Lacking polish or finesse:
  3. Sounding harsh; discordant; jarring
Unexpectedly sudden:
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  1. Unexpectedly sudden:
  2. (Botany) Terminating suddenly rather than gradually; truncate:
  3. Touching on one subject after another with sudden transitions:
Having a dull edge or end; not sharp.
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  1. Having a dull edge or end; not sharp.
  2. Having a dull edge or point; not sharp
  3. Abrupt and often disconcertingly frank in speech:
Using relatively few words; concise
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  1. Using relatively few words; concise
  2. Short in time, duration, length, or extent.
  3. Short in length
Rudely abrupt, unfriendly.
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  1. Rudely abrupt, unfriendly.
  2. Rough and abrupt in manner or speech; curt
Having, resembling, or being a crust:
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  1. Having, resembling, or being a crust:
  2. Rough and outspoken; not patient, kindly, or refined
  3. Outspoken and surly. Used especially of older people.
Brief, esp. to the point of rudeness; terse or brusque
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  1. Brief, esp. to the point of rudeness; terse or brusque
  2. Rudely brief or abrupt, as in speech or manner:
  3. (Archaic) Short or shortened
Extending or traveling not far or not far enough:
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  1. Extending or traveling not far or not far enough:
  2. Lasting a brief time:
  3. (--- popularly) Not diphthongized [the short a in “pan”]
Using only a few words; laconic
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  1. Using only a few words; laconic
  2. Brief to the point of rudeness; curt
  3. Given to shortness or abruptness in manner or speech; curt.
(Of a sound) Like that of a frog
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  1. (Of a sound) Like that of a frog
Afflicted by a dry, quite harsh voice.
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  1. Afflicted by a dry, quite harsh voice.
  2. Rough or grating in sound, as of a voice.
  3. Having or characterized by a husky, grating voice:
Heavily built:
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  1. Heavily built:
  2. Hoarse or rough in quality:
  3. Sounding deep and hoarse; rough
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