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pithy

[pith-ee]
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adjective, pith·i·er, pith·i·est.
  1. brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning; terse; forcible: a pithy observation.
  2. of, like, or abounding in pith.
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Origin of pithy

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at pith, -y1
Related formspith·i·ly, adverbpith·i·ness, noun

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1. succinct, pointed, meaty, concise.
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pithy

adjective pithier or pithiest
  1. terse and full of meaning or substance
  2. of, resembling, or full of pith
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Derived Formspithily, adverbpithiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pithily

pithy

adj.

early 14c., "strong, vigorous," from pith (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "full of substance or significance" is from 1520s; literal meaning "full of pith" not attested until 1560s. Related: Pithily; pithiness.

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