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

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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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And this could be the rare occasion when the Tick can't glean a pithy moral from the adventure. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Ars celebrates 25 years of The Tick by picking our top ten favorite episodes," 10 Sep. 2019 In early August, Bernie Sanders came on for a pithy hour-long episode. Devin Gordon, The Atlantic, "I Tried to Live Like Joe Rogan," 19 Aug. 2019 Not in the language of the internet, where the sharpest barb or the pithiest insult wins the day. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "When disagreement was common ground," 25 Aug. 2019 Mattis gave a pithy sweep of lessons from military history and expressed his view on the perils of overreliance on technology. James Bandler, ProPublica, "How Amazon and Silicon Valley Seduced the Pentagon," 22 Aug. 2019 That pithy response to antiwar and civil rights protesters is emblematic of a larger tension throughout US history: Is criticizing the country unpatriotic and disloyal, as Trump suggests, or an expression of love for the country, as Democrats say? Liz Goodwin, BostonGlobe.com, "A painful history of Trump’s ‘love it or leave it’ argument," 17 July 2019 Oh, and there’s also Dudley, who’s clearly good for a pithy quote. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Lakers lost out on Kawhi Leonard, but all is not lost," 6 July 2019 Franklin’s wry humor surfaces regularly in his quips and pithy quotes. John Wilmerding, WSJ, "Between Fact and Imagination," 28 June 2019 The writing by the director and co-scribe Thayná Mantesso is deft and pithy, and there’s a rawness of spirit in both the stellar central performance and the film’s social realist aesthetic. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Socrates’ reveals the struggle of a gay teen in the slums of Brazil," 8 Aug. 2019

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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

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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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