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pithy

Definition:

concise and full of meaning

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

pith | pithiness

Derivative:

pithily

Comparative:

pithier

Superlative:

pithiest

Similar to:

concise

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

welcomed her pithy comments

Synonyms:

sententious

Etymology:

"full of substance or significance", from "pith" + "-y" (2). Figurative sense is ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

pithy | pithily [adverb, derived]

terse and full of meaning or substance | of, resembling, or full of pith (13 of 397 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pithy

Merriam-Webster:

pithy | pithier [comparative] | pithiest [superlative] | aphoristic [synonym, sense-specific] | apothegmatic [synonym, sense-specific] | brief [synonym, sense-specific] | capsule [synonym, sense-specific] | compact [synonym, sense-specific] | compendious [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

consisting of or abounding in pith(see "pith" [entry 1]) | having substance and point; tersely cogent (15 of 277 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pithy

Wiktionary:

pithy | pithier [comparative] | pithiest [superlative] | terse [synonym, sense-specific] | concise [synonym, sense-specific] | laconic [synonym, sense-specific]

Concise and meaningful. | Of, like, or abounding in pith. (9 of 105 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pithy

Oxford Dictionary:

pithy | pithier [comparative] | pithiest [superlative] | pithily [derived] | pithiness [derived]

(of a fruit or plant) containing much pith. | [language, style] terse and vigorously expressive (14 of 51 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pithy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

pithy [abbreviation] | pithier [comparative] | pithiest [superlative] | pithily [adverb, related]

a pithy statement or piece of writing is short and very effective (12 of 40 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pithy

Random House Dictionary:

pithy | pithier [comparative] | pithiest [superlative]

brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning; terse; forcible. | of, like, or abounding in pith. (20 of 32 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/pithy

Cambridge Dictionary:

pithy [entry 1] | pithily [adverb, derived]

(of speech or writing) short and clever; expressing an idea cleverly in a few words (15 of 27 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pithy 1

pithy [entry 2]

with a lot of pith (5 of 14 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pithy 2

American Heritage Dictionary:

pithy | pithier [comparative] | pithiest [superlative] | pithily [adverb, related] | pithiness [noun, related]

Precisely meaningful; forceful and brief | Consisting of or resembling pith. (10 of 21 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pithy

New World Dictionary:

pithy | pithier [comparative] | pithiest [superlative] | pithily [adverb, related] | pithiness [noun, related]

of, like, or full of pith | terse and full of substance or meaning (13 of 20 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pithy

Wikipedia:

Self-righteousness | sanctimoniousness | sententiousness | holier-than-thou attitudes

a feeling or display of moral superiority derived from a sense that one's beliefs, actions, or affiliations are of greater virtue than those of the average person. The term "self-righteous" is often considered derogatory particularly because ... (36 of 364 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Self-righteousness

Columbia Encyclopedia:

pith

in botany, core of the stem of most plants. Pith is composed of large, loosely packed food-storage cells. As the stem grows older the pith usually ... (26 of 75 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0839212​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

pithy | pithier [comparative] | pithiest [superlative] | pithily [adverb, derived] | pithiness [noun, derived]

brief, yet forceful and to the point, often with an element of wit | relating to, containing, or resembling pith (19 of 42 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861726533​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

pithy

First use: about 1300

Origin: "full of substance or significance", from "pith" + "-y" (2). Figurative sense is oldest; literal meaning "full of pith" not attested until 1560s.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=pithy

Wiktionary:

pithy

Origin: pith + -y

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pithy

pith | pithed [past tense] | pithing [present participle] | piths [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old English piþa, from Proto-Germanic *piþan (compare West Frisian piid 'pulp, kernel', Dutch peen 'carrot', Low German Peddik 'pulp, core'), from earlier *piþō (oblique *pittan). Doublet of... (27 of 43 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pith

-y

Origin: Middle English -y, -i, from Old English -iġ ("-y, -ic", suffix), from Proto-Germanic *-īgaz ("-y, ... | Middle English and Scots | Anglo-Norman and Middle French -ie and -e, from Latin -ia,... (30 of 81 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-y

Merriam-Webster:

pithy [entry 1, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English pitha; akin to Middle Dutch and Middle Low German pit pith, pit

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pithy

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

pithy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "pithy"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pithy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

pithy [abbreviation] | pithier [comparative] | pithiest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "pithy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pithy

Macmillan American Dictionary:

pithy [abbreviation] | pithier [comparative] | pithiest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "pithy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/pithy

Cambridge Dictionary:

pithy [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "pithy"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "pithy"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pithy 1

the Free Dictionary:

pithy

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "pithy"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "pithy"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "pithy" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/pithy

Google Dictionary:

pithy | pithier [comparative] | pithiest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "pithy"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=pithy

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

pithy

Audio: North American pronunciation of "pithy"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=pithy​001 word=pithy

YourDictionary Audio:

pithy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "pithy" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pithy

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