pithy

adjective
\ ˈpi-thē How to pronounce pithy (audio) \
pithier; pithiest

Definition of pithy

1 : consisting of or abounding in pith
2 : having substance and point : tersely cogent

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Other Words from pithy

pithily \ ˈpi-​thə-​lē How to pronounce pithily (audio) \ adverb
pithiness \ ˈpi-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce pithiness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for pithy

concise, terse, succinct, laconic, summary, pithy, compendious mean very brief in statement or expression. concise suggests the removal of all that is superfluous or elaborative. a concise description terse implies pointed conciseness. a terse reply succinct implies the greatest possible compression. a succinct letter of resignation laconic implies brevity to the point of seeming rude, indifferent, or mysterious. an aloof and laconic stranger summary suggests the statement of main points with no elaboration or explanation. a summary listing of the year's main events pithy adds to succinct or terse the implication of richness of meaning or substance. a comedy sharpened by pithy one-liners compendious applies to what is at once full in scope and brief and concise in treatment. a compendious dictionary

Examples of pithy in a Sentence

… 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 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
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Bleacher Report keeps the clips short—each episode is under 10 minutes—reasoning that young viewers scrolling through their feeds will move on unless the content is clever and pithy. Lee Harris, WSJ, "Bleacher Report to Launch Three NFL-Focused Shows," 27 June 2019 From one of California’s most interesting young wineries, Scott Schultz at Jolie-Laide makes a rosé from a 1940s-era planting of Valdiguie with ripping acidity, bittery, pithy grapefruit notes, a strawberry fruit core and a Campari-esque finish. Jen Murphy, Sunset, "In the West, It’s Always Rosé Season—Here’s What to Drink Right Now," 22 Jan. 2018 Their back-and-forth questions and pithy commentary lend the story both mythic resonance and contemporary immediacy. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Magic Theatre’s barrio ‘Oedipus’ dazzles a decade later," 14 June 2019 Her sentences are blithe, pithy, almost biblical in their confidence. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Seeking a Way Out of Our Modern Malaise," 4 June 2019 Another day, another pithy celeb feud for the internet to obsess over. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "8 Celeb Feuds that Will Never, Ever Go Away," 6 Mar. 2019 The speaker could be a constant presence in national media, routinely appearing on Sunday morning chat shows, firing off tweets, producing in-house web videos, headlining rallies, and dishing out pithy quotes to Washington’s top reporters. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "House Democrats don’t need a leader, they need someone to represent them on TV," 20 Nov. 2018 Then Maggie would wander in and say something pithy and then wander out. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘The NFL is like a drug lord and football is like crack,’ says ‘Big Game’ author Mark Leibovich," 10 Sep. 2018 To wit: One of the menu’s most popular items is Crispy Pig Face, whose pithy name belies its long prep time of smoking pork heads and shoulders. Michael Meyer, New York Times, "A Pittsburgh Area Restaurant That Trades Fussy for Fun," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of pithy

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pithy

see pith entry 1

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Dictionary Entries near pithy

pith rush

pith tree

pithworm

pithy

pithy gall

pitiable

pitier

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pithy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pithy

: using few words in a clever and effective way
: resembling or having a lot of pith

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