"I need to speak to my aunt," I said tersely, not wanting to speak to Zardari.
Biden “is a very decent guy, is capable and bright [and] qualified,” Panetta said tersely.
We have a daughter,” she told him tersely, “and she is hungry.
"Muddy gasoline," nodded Millbank tersely—an iron-jawed, over-groomed man of forty, with a florid face shaved blue.
As Susan so tersely expressed it, they would "canvass the nation for freedom."
Agrippa has been tersely described as a "meteor of philosophy."
"Not lack of brains, but lack of money," she tersely replied.
He expressed important principles of law in language which tersely yet clearly conveyed his exact meaning.
"Cases," commanded Rupert, tersely, out of his seat before the stop.
"My misfortune, sir, but hardly my fault," answered Captain Sumter tersely yet respectfully.
1590s (implied in tersely), "clean-cut, burnished, neat," from French ters "clean," from Latin tersus "wiped off, clean, neat," from past participle of tergere "to rub, polish, wipe." Sense of "concise or pithy in style or language" is from 1777, which led to a general sense of "neatly concise." The pejorative meaning "brusque" is a fairly recent development. Related: Terseness.