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pithy

[ pith-ee ]
/ ˈpɪθ i /
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adjective, pith·i·er, pith·i·est.

brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning; terse; forcible: a pithy observation.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM pithy

pith·i·ly, adverbpith·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pithy

pithy
/ (ˈpɪθɪ) /

adjective pithier or pithiest

terse and full of meaning or substance
of, resembling, or full of pith

Derived forms of pithy

pithily, adverbpithiness, noun
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