adjective \ˈpi-thē\

: using few words in a clever and effective way

: resembling or having a lot of pith


Full Definition of PITHY

:  consisting of or abounding in pith(see 1pith)
:  having substance and point :  tersely cogent
pith·i·ly \ˈpi-thə-lē\ adverb
pith·i·ness \ˈpi-thē-nəs\ noun

Examples of PITHY

  1. The critic gave the film a pithy review.
  2. The book is filled with pithy sayings about love and loss.
  3. a pithy little Mother's Day card
  4. … Gore's prowess had been blurred by his performance in the Quayle debate and by his four preceding years in the Senate, where the prevailing style is indirect and woolly-swathed in layers of my distinguished colleague and short on zingers and pithy remarks. —James Fallows, Atlantic, July 2000

Origin of PITHY

(see 1pith)
First Known Use: 1562

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem

Rhymes with PITHY


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