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pithy

[ pith-ee ]SEE DEFINITION OF pithy

Synonyms for pithy

  • cogent
  • concise
  • laconic
  • succinct
  • terse
  • trenchant
  • compact
  • crisp
  • curt
  • down to brass tacks
  • effective
  • epigrammatic
  • expressive
  • honed
  • meaningful
  • meaty
  • pointed
  • short
  • short-and-sweet
  • significant
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Antonyms for pithy

  • impotent
  • lengthy
  • long-winded
  • weak
  • wordy
  • verbose
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PITHY

The form of his judgment had to be pithy, striking, engraved within a ring.

Hamlet saw that pithy old Polonius was a preposterous and orotund ass.

I crystallized my ideas into pithy sentences which a child could have understood.

Immense was the applause that followed the short, pithy speech of the Bourgeois.

I particularly enjoyed the pithy judgment in about five words on Comte.

His own oratorical efforts were usually brief, pithy, and to the point.

He is not afraid of an idiomatic touch, nor of pithy, vigorous words.

There is a pithy tract bearing the title "The Oiled Feather."

It has a big, ragged, floccose ring, and the pithy stem is inclined to be hollow.

He spoke, too, in a way which was as independent and pithy as it was quaintly-expressive.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "strong, vigorous," from pith (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "full of substance or significance" is from 1520s; literal meaning "full of pith" not attested until 1560s. Related: Pithily; pithiness.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PITHY

brief

adjectiveshort, compressed
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