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pithy

[pith-ee] /ˈpɪθ i/
adjective, pithier, pithiest.
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.
Origin of pithy
1300-1350
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at pith, -y1
Related forms
pithily, adverb
pithiness, noun
Synonyms
1. succinct, pointed, meaty, concise.
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  • 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 Paxton Hood
  • 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.

  • In commenting on this, Ingersoll very (p. 116) pithily remarks, "The public would have preferred a battle in Canada."

  • As pithily as might be, for she was in no condition for tedious listening, I gave her the history of her nine years' sleep.

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
  • Douglass has pithily said: "Judge us not from the heights on which you stand, but from the depths from whence we sprung."

    Shadow and Light

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  • "There is a hitch," said Dick, pithily, when Randal joined him in the oak copse at ten o'clock.

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British Dictionary definitions for pithily

pithy

/ˈpɪθɪ/
adjective pithier, pithiest
1.
terse and full of meaning or substance
2.
of, resembling, or full of pith
Derived Forms
pithily, adverb
pithiness, 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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