[ suh k-singkt ]
/ səkˈsɪŋkt /


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.

Nearby words

  1. succession, apostolic,
  2. successive,
  3. successively,
  4. successor,
  5. succinate,
  6. succinctly,
  7. succinctorium,
  8. succinic,
  9. succinic acid,
  10. succinite

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

British Dictionary definitions for unsuccinct


/ (səkˈsɪŋkt) /


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 unsuccinct



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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