[ pith-ee ]
/ ˈpɪθ i /
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.
Related formspith·i·ly, adverbpith·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pithiness
/ (ˈpɪθɪ) /
adjective pithier or pithiest
terse and full of meaning or substance
of, resembling, or full of pith
Derived Formspithily, adverbpithiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pithiness
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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