Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms for pithy on Thesaurus.com 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. Origin of pithy Middle English
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-y 1 Related forms pith·i·ly, adverb pith·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pithiness adjective pithier or pithiest terse and full of meaning or substance of, resembling, or full of pith Derived Forms pithily, adverb pithiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pithiness 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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