- brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning; terse; forcible: a pithy observation.
- of, like, or abounding in pith.
Origin of pithy
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1. succinct, pointed, meaty, concise.
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Examples from the Web for pithily
But if they hear what they heard being forcefully and pithily countered with other facts, they might think, “hey, wait a minute.”Michael Tomasky on How Obama Needs to Make Mitt Unacceptable Again
October 10, 2012
They had been buried in their brocades, as has been pithily remarked, and forgotten.South American Fights and Fighters
Cyrus Townsend Brady
It has pithily been remarked that the age of a man is the age of his blood-vessels.
Of course, being a Welshman, his thoughts were pithily expressed.Christmas Evans
How true and how pithily put are these, "He that studies his content wants it."Proverb Lore
F. Edward Hulme
"Now that we're down, we don't need it," he remarked, pithily.Dutch Courage and Other Stories
- terse and full of meaning or substance
- of, resembling, or full of pith
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Word Origin and History for pithily
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