One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of language or style) concise and forcefully expressive.
concise, short, brief, compact, condensed, crisp, laconic, terse, tight, to the point, economic, thumbnail, summary, short and sweet, in a few well-chosen words, compendious, epigrammatic, synoptic, aphoristic, gnomicView synonyms
- ‘Fighting for the Future, for all its provocative arguments and pithy language, sometimes borders on the apocalyptic.’
- ‘The bard might have had some pithy poetic observations on Wilson's vision of corporate sponsorship.’
- ‘The emails ranged from pithy observations to throwaway responses.’
- ‘One of those pithy phrases that tie together life, death, and the transcendental power of the written word.’
- ‘The narration is flooded with wonderfully pithy, insightful commentary.’
- ‘For once, I have no pithy rejoinder to tack on to a post.’
- ‘Maybe you'll be glad to see the end of my pithy exam summaries, who knows?’
- ‘- Thanks to Joe for this pithy summary of the relevant issues.’
- ‘He wrote plain English, punctuated by short pithy sentences.’
- ‘The clarity of ideas and the interlacing of pithy quotes make this a readable, thought-provoking book.’
- ‘We live in the age of fast food and pithy one-liners.’
- ‘But Porter does not shy away from the pithy language of the street, when it seems called for.’
- ‘Soames looked him up and down before dismissing him with a pithy phrase from a great wartime leader.’
- ‘Knox delivers his one pithy line of the scene.’
- ‘And I'm not going to end with a pithy summary.’
- ‘I'm too tired to come up with something pithy.’
- ‘And it's years since I've heard anyone pile up as many pithy one-liners.’
- ‘And the connection is a pithy phrase of Deputy Noonan's dating back to the 1987 election campaign.’
- ‘Every few minutes our phones beep with some pithy comment from each other.’
- ‘I didn't truly understand Dean Ricci when he uttered this pithy quote during an admissions interview.’
2(of a fruit or plant) containing much pith.
- ‘In particular, its attractive golden rind is not a distinct, pithy covering like that of a true citrus fruit, but is thin, soft, and pulpy.’
- ‘When the trees bloom in March or April, the Walkers try to remove any remaining old, pithy fruit.’
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