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Definition of PITHY

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Pithy \Pith"y\, a. [Compar. {Pithier}; superl. {Pithiest}.]
     1. Consisting wholly, or in part, of pith; abounding in pith; as, a pithy stem; a pithy fruit. [1913 Webster]

     2. Having nervous energy; forceful; cogent.
        [1913 Webster]

              This pithy speech prevailed, and all agreed.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              In all these Goodman Fact was very short, but pithy.
                                                    --Addison. [1913 Webster]

     {Pithy gall} (Zool.), a large, rough, furrowed, oblong gall, formed on blackberry canes by a small gallfly ({Diastrophus nebulosus}). [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

99 Moby Thesaurus words for "pithy":
     Spartan, abbreviated, abridged, allegorical, aphoristic, aposiopestic, associational, axiomatic, baccate, brief, brusque, clipped, close, compact, compendious, compressed, concise, condensed, connotational, connotative, contracted, crisp, curt, cut, definable, denotational, denotative, docked, doughy, edematous, effective, elliptic, epigrammatic, expressive, extended, extensional, figurative, flabby, fleshy, forceful, formulaic, formulistic, full of meaning, full of point, full of substance, gnomic, indicative, intelligible, intensional, interpretable, laconic, lean, macerated, masticated, meaning, meaningful, meaty, medullary, metaphorical, mushy, pasty, platitudinous, pointed, pregnant, proverbial, pruned, pulpal, pulpar, pulped, pulplike, pulpy, pungent, readable, referential, reserved, sententious, short, short and sweet, shortened, significant, significative, soft, spongy, squashy, squelchy, squishy, substantial, succinct, succulent, suggestive, summary, symbolic, synopsized, taciturn, terse, tight, to the point, transferred, truncated


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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