adjective, ters·er, ters·est.
- terry's syndrome,
- tertian malaria,
Origin of terse
Examples from the Web for terse
The comparison prompted Kelly to release the terse statement: “Martha McSally is no Gabby Giffords.”
It is a mighty tough slog, I will have to give them that, written in terse and exclusive science-ese.
She had earlier offered a terse description of how her asthmatic brother had come to die.
My response to poisonous emails is a terse “thank you for contacting me” and nothing more.Pediatrician: Don’t Make Your Kid’s Healthcare a Proxy in Your Divorce Battles|Russell Saunders|February 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Take this terse evasion of offering anything substantive, for example.Eliot Spitzer’s Comeback: ‘The Good Wife’ in Real Life|Kevin Fallon|July 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
On the very day before this the doctor had come out with one of his terse startling statements.The Blind Spot|Austin Hall
Bonaparte's contributions to the discussion were terse and trenchant.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte|William Milligan Sloane
Then there is the same crisp, terse succession of sentences—altogether the likeness is wonderful.Sketches In The House (1893)|T. P. O'Connor
Then he launched forth in a graphic, if terse, description of the remarkable battle that had so recently taken place.Eagles of the Sky|Ambrose Newcomb
The Master was unimpeachable; His terse, cogent assertions were unanswerable.Jesus the Christ|James Edward Talmage
Word Origin for terse
1590s (implied in tersely), "clean-cut, burnished, neat," from French ters "clean," from Latin tersus "wiped off, clean, neat," from past participle of tergere "to rub, polish, wipe." Sense of "concise or pithy in style or language" is from 1777, which led to a general sense of "neatly concise." The pejorative meaning "brusque" is a fairly recent development. Related: Terseness.