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.

1300–50; Middle English; see pith, -y1

pithily, adverb
pithiness, noun

1. succinct, pointed, meaty, concise.
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pithy (ˈpɪθɪ)
adj , pithier, pithiest
1.  terse and full of meaning or substance
2.  of, resembling, or full of pith

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "full of substance or significance," from pith. Figurative sense is oldest; literal meaning "Full of pith" not attested until 1560s.
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Example sentences
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.
Give your book a pithy title.
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