Meaning of abruptly in English:


Pronunciation /əˈbrʌp(t)li/

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  • 1Suddenly and unexpectedly.

    ‘the film ends rather abruptly’
    • ‘a drama about two young brothers who are abruptly abandoned by their father’
  • 2In a rude or curt manner.

    • ‘she barely conceals her irritation and speaks briefly and abruptly to the woman’
  • 3Steeply; precipitously.

    ‘the forested terrain ascends abruptly’
    • ‘Seaward of the road, the grassy slopes end abruptly in rugged cliffs pounded by waves.’
    • ‘These terminate abruptly to the northeast at a fault that offsets the thrust.’
    • ‘Coarse alluvial-fan sediments change abruptly basinward into lacustrine sediments.’
    • ‘The Codling Fault terminates abruptly against the Palaeozoic Welsh Massif.’
    • ‘Some grooves deepen and terminate fairly abruptly.’
    • ‘Little has been published about the stratigraphic age of this group, which is abruptly overlain by these limestones.’
    • ‘These dikes can change direction abruptly.’
    • ‘However, as the paraboloid becomes narrower, it tilts, then abruptly tumbles onto its side.’
    • ‘It is a ridge in the Serra do Divisor, which rises abruptly above a vast, level plain cloaked in tall forest.’
    • ‘On the side opposite to the river, the land rose abruptly toward the village.’