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From Proto-Italic *kortos, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kr̥tós (short), from *(s)ker- (to cut). Cognate with Proto-Slavic *kortъkъ (short), Scots short, schort (short), Old High German scurz (short) (Middle High German schurz, Old Norse skorta (to lack) (Danish skorte), (maybe) Albanian shkurt (short, brief), English short and curt. More at shirt.



curtus (feminine curta, neuter curtum); first/second-declension adjective

  1. shortened, short
  2. mutilated, broken, incomplete


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative curtus curta curtum curtī curtae curta
Genitive curtī curtae curtī curtōrum curtārum curtōrum
Dative curtō curtō curtīs
Accusative curtum curtam curtum curtōs curtās curta
Ablative curtō curtā curtō curtīs
Vocative curte curta curtum curtī curtae curta

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  • curtus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • curtus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • curtus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • curtus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • curtus in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016