[suh k-singkt]


expressed in few words; concise; terse.
characterized by conciseness or verbal brevity.
compressed into a small area, scope, or compass.
  1. drawn up, as by a girdle.
  2. close-fitting.
  3. encircled, as by a girdle.

Origin of succinct

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin succinctus, past participle of succingere to gird, gather up (one's clothes), prepare for action, equivalent to suc- suc- + cing(ere) to gird, equip + -tus past participle suffix
Related formssuc·cinct·ly, adverbsuc·cinct·ness, nounun·suc·cinct, adjectiveun·suc·cinct·ly, adverb

Synonym study

1, 2. See concise. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for succinctly

Contemporary Examples of succinctly

Historical Examples of succinctly

  • "The cable would have handled that end of it, I guess," she said, succinctly.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • "Cornelia and Marilla Merritt are just the ones," she said, succinctly.

  • Then he succinctly completed his diagnosis: "His jig is up!"

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • Drake ran on forcefully, succinctly, his hand gripping Garrison's.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • We cannot, says The Board, succinctly, drawing its salary; It increases the tax rate.

    The Lost Art of Reading

    Gerald Stanley Lee

British Dictionary definitions for succinctly



marked by brevity and clarity; concise
compressed into a small area
  1. encircled by or as if by a girdle
  2. drawn up tightly; closely fitting
Derived Formssuccinctly, adverbsuccinctness, noun

Word Origin for succinct

C15: from Latin succinctus girt about, from succingere to gird from below, from sub- from below + cingere to gird
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Word Origin and History for succinctly

c.1500, from succinct + -ly (2).



early 15c., "having one's belt fastened tightly," from Middle French succincte, from Latin succinctus "prepared, ready, contracted, short," past participle of succingere "tuck up (clothes for action), gird from below," from sub "up from under" (see sub-) + cingere "to gird" (see cinch). Sense of "brief, concise" first recorded early 15c.

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