Why was clemency trending last week?


[pith-ee] /ˈpɪθ i/
adjective, pithier, pithiest.
brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning; terse; forcible:
a pithy observation.
of, like, or abounding in pith.
Origin of pithy
1300-50; Middle English; see pith, -y1
Related forms
pithily, adverb
pithiness, noun
1. succinct, pointed, meaty, concise. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for pithy
  • From this point forward, things can be much more pithy.
  • Here's a particularly pithy commentary about printers.
  • There is an excellent point in that pithy excerpt you chose.
  • Terminators should not pontificate or deliver pithy one liners to corpses.
  • Give your book a pithy title.
  • You want something pithy and easy to take in at a glance.
  • Long may he continue to dispense common sense and pithy comments.
  • You need a pithy answer that will satisfy the question and move them on to the next.
  • But she grew pithy when she talked business; she enjoyed her own toughness.
  • His style is pithy, not elegant; his wisdom homespun.
British Dictionary definitions for pithy


adjective pithier, pithiest
terse and full of meaning or substance
of, resembling, or full of pith
Derived Forms
pithily, adverb
pithiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pithy

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pithy

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pithy

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with pithy

Nearby words for pithy