terse

  • 1 terse — terse …

    Dictionnaire des rimes

  • 2 Terse — Terse, a. [Compar. {Terser}; superl. {Tersest}.] [L. tersus, p. p. of tergere to rub or wipe off.] 1. Appearing as if rubbed or wiped off; rubbed; smooth; polished. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Many stones, . . . although terse and smooth, have not this …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 terse — [ tɜrs ] adjective a terse statement or remark is very short and often shows that the person making it is annoyed ╾ terse|ly adverb ╾ terse|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 4 terse´ly — terse «turs», adjective, ters|er, ters|est. brief and to the point (said of writing and speaking, or writers and speakers): »“No” was Father s terse reply when I asked to play after bedtime. SYNONYM(S): See syn. under concise. (Cf. ↑concise …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 5 terse — [tə:s US tə:rs] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: tersus clean, neat , from tergere to wipe off ] a terse reply, message etc uses very few words and often shows that you are annoyed ▪ Derek s terse reply ended the conversation. >tersely… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 6 terse — terse; terse·ly; terse·ness; …

    English syllables

  • 7 terse — index cohesive (compact), compact (pithy), laconic, pithy, sententious, succinct Burton s Legal Thesauru …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 terse — (adj.) 1590s (implied in tersely), clean cut, burnished, neat, from Fr. ters clean, from L. tersus wiped off, clean, neat, from pp. of tergere to rub, polish, wipe. Sense of concise or pithy in style or language is from 1777, which led to a… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 terse — *concise, succinct, laconic, summary, pithy, compendious Analogous words: *brief, short: compact, *close: *expressive, sententious, meaningful: *incisive, crisp, clear cut …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 terse — [adj] brief, short abrupt, aphoristic, boiled down*, breviloquent, brusque, clear cut, clipped, close, compact, compendiary, compendious, concise, condensed, crisp, cryptic, curt, cut to the bone*, elliptical, epigrammatic, exact, gnomic, in a… …

    New thesaurus

  • 11 terse — ► ADJECTIVE (terser, tersest) ▪ sparing in the use of words; abrupt. DERIVATIVES tersely adverb terseness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «polished, trim»: from Latin tersus wiped, polished …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 terse — [tʉrs] adj. terser, tersest [L tersus, wiped off, clean, pp. of tergere, to wipe < IE * terg < base * ter , to rub, turn: see THROW] 1. free of superfluous words; concise in a polished, smooth way; succinct 2. brief or concise to the point… …

    English World dictionary

  • 13 terse — adjective we were offended by her terse answers Syn: brief, short, to the point, concise, succinct, crisp, pithy, incisive, trenchant, short and sweet, laconic, elliptical; brusque, abrupt, curt, clipped, blunt, pointed …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 terse — [[t]tɜ͟ː(r)s[/t]] terser, tersest ADJ GRADED A terse statement or comment is brief and unfriendly. He issued a terse statement, saying he is discussing his future with colleagues before announcing his decision on Monday... His tone was terse as… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 terse — UK [tɜː(r)s] / US [tɜrs] adjective Word forms terse : adjective terse comparative terser superlative tersest a terse statement or remark is very short and often shows that the person making it is annoyed Derived word: tersely adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 16 terse — adjective (terser; tersest) Etymology: Latin tersus clean, neat, from past participle of tergēre to wipe off Date: 1601 1. smoothly elegant ; polished 2. devoid of superfluity < a terse summary >; also short, brusque …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 terse — adjective /tɜːs,tɝːs/ a) Brief, concise, to the point. He gave a terse, one word answer. b) Abruptly or brusquely short. Few writers were so terse. Syn: abrupt …

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  • 18 terse — [17] Terse originally meant ‘polished, smooth’ (‘This man … so laboured upon it that he left it smooth and terse’, Helkiah Crooke, Description of the Body of Man 1615). By the 18th century, however, the associated notion of ‘neatness’ had led on… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 19 terse — adjective a terse reply, message etc uses very few words and often shows that you are annoyed: Derek s terse reply ended the conversation. tersely adverb: “Continue!” he said tersely. terseness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 terse — [tɜːs] adj a terse statement or remark is very short and shows that you are annoyed a terse reply[/ex] tersely adv …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English


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