Examples of terse in a Sentence
Everything about him is tidy, from his terse wit to the flecks of gray hair that fall in precise iterations around the edges of his scalp. —Devin Gordon, Newsweek, 29 July 2002
… Johnston stays bolted to the wheelhouse floor, wrestling the helm and jotting down notes in the ship log. His entries are terse, bullet descriptions of the unending chaos outside. —Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm, 1997
This vicious cycle was captured succinctly in Gandhi's terse warning that an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. —David McCabe, Commonweal, 11 Apr. 1997
She accepts the caller's terse expression of sympathy and duly expresses in return her appreciation for that unenviable bit of message-bearing. —John Barth, Harper's, January 1994
She gave me a few terse instructions and promptly left the room.
could tell from his terse replies to my questions that he was in no mood to talk
Recent Examples of terse from the Web
His wayward path was presented in terse blasts of punk-blues.
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Origin and Etymology of terse
Latin tersus clean, neat, from past participle of tergēre to wipe off
First Known Use: 1601See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of terse
TERSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of terse for English Language Learners
: brief and direct in a way that may seem rude or unfriendly
TERSE Defined for Kids
Definition of terse for Students
: being brief and to the point a terse statement
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