: consisting of or abounding in pith(see 1pith)
Examples of PITHY
- The critic gave the film a pithy review.
- The book is filled with pithy sayings about love and loss.
- a pithy little Mother's Day card
- … 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
- I read my poems in L.A., chatted up the literary set, waxed pithy and beleaguered at the book signings and wine and cheese receptions. —Thomas Lynch, The Undertaking, 1997
- He does not hold forth to his family or to his court of old men; he listens, … then delivers short, pithy edicts that are then followed. —Guy Martin, Esquire, June 1997
- Unlike a great many other science books, the pithy, lyrical text never bogs down in a mudflat of facts. —Leonard S. Marcus, Parenting, December/January 1996
Origin of PITHY
First Known Use: 1562
Related to PITHY
- aphoristic, apothegmatic, brief, capsule, compact, compendious, crisp, curt, elliptical (or elliptic), epigrammatic, laconic, monosyllabic, concise, sententious, succinct, summary, telegraphic, terse, thumbnail
- circuitous, circumlocutory, diffuse, long-winded, prolix, rambling, verbose, windy, wordy
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