[ turs-lee ]

  1. in an effectively concise manner; succinctly: This phenomenally prolific creator of tersely plotted psychological thrillers deserves to be on your bookshelves.The ordinance fulfills the tersely and clearly worded language of the city's comprehensive plan.

  2. in an abruptly concise manner; brusquely: “Maybe that's my business,” replied the girl tersely as she turned away.

Origin of tersely


Other words from tersely

  • un·terse·ly, adverb

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