Pithy

  • 1 Pithy — Pith y, a. [Compar. {Pithier}; superl. {Pithiest}.] 1. Consisting wholly, or in part, of pith; abounding in pith; as, a pithy stem; a pithy fruit. [1913 Webster] 2. Having nervous energy; forceful; cogent. [1913 Webster] This pithy speech… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 pithy — I adjective brief, compact, compendious, compressed, concise, condensed, epigrammatic, full of meaning, gnomic, incisive, juicy, laconic, meaningful, meaty, medullosus, packed, pointed, sententious, substantial, succinct, summary, terse,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 pithy — c.1300, full of substance or significance, from PITH (Cf. pith) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Figurative sense is oldest; literal meaning full of pith not attested until 1560s. Related: Pithily …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 pithy — summary, compendious, *concise, terse, succinct, laconic Analogous words: sententious, pregnant, meaningful, *expressive: *brief, short Contrasted words: flatulent, *inflated, tumid, turgid: prolix, diffuse, *wordy, verbose …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 pithy — [adj] brief, to the point cogent, compact, concise, crisp, curt, down to brass tacks*, effective, epigrammatic, expressive, honed, laconic, meaningful, meaty*, pointed, short, short and sweet*, significant, succinct, terse, trenchant; concept 267 …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 pithy — ► ADJECTIVE (pithier, pithiest) 1) (of a fruit or plant) containing much pith. 2) (of language or style) terse and vigorously expressive. DERIVATIVES pithily adverb pithiness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 pithy — [pith′ē] adj. pithier, pithiest 1. of, like, or full of pith 2. terse and full of substance or meaning SYN. CONCISE pithily adv. pithiness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 pithy — UK [ˈpɪθɪ] / US adjective Word forms pithy : adjective pithy comparative pithier superlative pithiest a pithy statement or piece of writing is short and very effective a pithy retort Derived word: pithily adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 9 pithy — pith|y [ˈpıθi] adj if something that is said or written is pithy, it is intelligent and strongly stated, without wasting any words ▪ Press releases must be short and pithy. ▪ a series of pithy quotations >pithily adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 pithy — [[t]pɪ̱θi[/t]] pithier, pithiest ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A pithy comment or piece of writing is short, direct, and full of meaning. [WRITTEN] His pithy advice to young painters was, Above all, keep your colours fresh. ... Many of them made a point… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 pithy — pith|y [ pıθi ] adjective a pithy statement or piece of writing is short and very effective: a pithy retort ╾ pith|i|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 pithy — pithily, adv. pithiness, n. /pith ee/, adj., pithier, pithiest. 1. brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning; terse; forcible: a pithy observation. 2. of, like, or abounding in pith. [1300 50; ME; see… …

    Universalium

  • 13 pithy — adjective pithy comments/saying/advice etc strongly and cleverly stated, without wasting any words pithily adverb pithiness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 pithy — adjective pithy comments Syn: succinct, terse, concise, compact, short (and sweet), brief, condensed, to the point, epigrammatic, crisp, thumbnail; significant, meaningful, expressive, telling; formal compendious See note at …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 pithy — [ˈpɪθi] adj a pithy statement or piece of writing is short and very effective …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 16 pithy — pith•y [[t]ˈpɪθ i[/t]] adj. pith•i•er, pith•i•est 1) brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; terse; forcible: a pithy observation[/ex] 2) of, like, or abounding in pith • Etymology: 1300–50 pith′i•ly, adv. pith′i•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 pithy — /ˈpɪθi / (say pithee) adjective (pithier, pithiest) 1. full of vigour, substance, or meaning; terse; forcible: a pithy criticism. 2. of or like pith, or having much pith. –pithily, adverb –pithiness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 pithy — adjective (pithier; est) Date: 1562 1. consisting of or abounding in pith 2. having substance and point ; tersely cogent Synonyms: see concise • pithily adverb • pithiness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 pithy — adjective /ˈpɪθi/ a) Precisely meaningful; forceful and brief. b) Concise and full of meaning. Syn: terse, concise, laconic …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 pithy — Synonyms and related words: Spartan, abbreviated, abridged, allegorical, aphoristic, aposiopestic, associational, axiomatic, baccate, brief, brusque, clipped, close, compact, compendious, compressed, concise, condensed, connotational, connotative …

    Moby Thesaurus


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