abruptly

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

abrupt +‎ -ly

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈbɹʌp.li/, /ə.ˈbɹʌpt.li/
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AdverbEdit

abruptly (comparative more abruptly, superlative most abruptly)

  1. In an abrupt manner; without giving notice, or without the usual forms; suddenly; precipitously. [First attested in the late 16th century.][1]
    The professor stopped her lecture abruptly when she noticed someone fall off their seat.

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TranslationsEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ “abruptly” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 8.