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pithy

[pith-ee] /ˈpɪθ i/
adjective, pithier, pithiest.
1.
brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning; terse; forcible:
a pithy observation.
2.
of, like, or abounding in pith.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see pith, -y1
Related forms
pithily, adverb
pithiness, noun
Synonyms
1. succinct, pointed, meaty, concise.
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British Dictionary definitions for pithily

pithy

/ˈpɪθɪ/
adjective pithier, pithiest
1.
terse and full of meaning or substance
2.
of, resembling, or full of pith
Derived Forms
pithily, adverb
pithiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pithily

pithy

adj.

early 14c., "strong, vigorous," from pith (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "full of substance or significance" is from 1520s; literal meaning "full of pith" not attested until 1560s. Related: Pithily; pithiness.

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