adjective, pith·i·er, pith·i·est.
Examples from the Web for pithy
I had the pleasure of hearing one—a short, pithy gem called “The Italian System”—at a reading in Trastevere last month.
Each work is a pithy marvel that captures the languorous excitement (and sometimes the radiant gloom) of a summer day to remember.One Perfect Summer Day in Virginia Woolf, Saul Bellow and Others|Matt Seidel|September 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Mandery knows when to be pithy and when to go long, like in passages about the subtleties of memoranda.
She was always alert to what was going on, and her comments were pithy and to the point.Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan: The Ultimate ’80s Power Couple|George Shultz|April 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He defines Dynamic Inaction with one pithy aphorism: “When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder.”When In Doubt, Mumble—Dynamic Inaction May Be Our Best Hope|Joe McLean|April 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
On opening the trench I stripped away the pithy outer stalks and found in almost all of them large sound hearts.In Pastures Green|Peter McArthur
This is, in fact, a pithy summary of our most elementary and necessary wants.Social Rights And Duties|Leslie Stephen
The one in the righthand corner is old, with a ragged pileus; the vertical section shows the pithy contents of the stem.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise|M. E. Hard
Then comes his trial and condemnation, the account of which is most remarkable precise and pithy.The History of the Catnach Press|Charles Hindley
The racial creed has been expressed at different times in a number of pithy expressions current in the Southern states.
British Dictionary definitions for pithy
adjective pithier or pithiest
Word Origin and History for pithy
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.