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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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  • The form of his judgment had to be pithy, striking, engraved within a ring.

  • Hamlet saw that pithy old Polonius was a preposterous and orotund ass.

    Pipefuls

    Christopher Morley
  • I crystallized my ideas into pithy sentences which a child could have understood.

    Love Among the Chickens P. G. Wodehouse
  • Immense was the applause that followed the short, pithy speech of the Bourgeois.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • I particularly enjoyed the pithy judgment in about five words on Comte.

British Dictionary definitions for pithy

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 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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