Definition of pithy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpiTHē/

adjective (pithier, pithiest)

1(Of language or style) concise and forcefully expressive.
Example sentences
  • Fighting for the Future, for all its provocative arguments and pithy language, sometimes borders on the apocalyptic.
  • But Porter does not shy away from the pithy language of the street, when it seems called for.
  • The narration is flooded with wonderfully pithy, insightful commentary.
succinct, terse, concise, compact, short (and sweet), brief, condensed, to the point, epigrammatic, crisp, thumbnail;
significant, meaningful, expressive, telling
formal compendious
2(Of a fruit or plant) containing much pith.
Example sentences
  • When the trees bloom in March or April, the Walkers try to remove any remaining old, pithy fruit.
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈpiTHilē/
Example sentences
  • Jean-Paul Sartre pithily summed up the French attitude in 1953: ‘America has rabies.’
  • As Judge Roberts pithily pointed out in the hearings, only one justice thought that both of the leading establishment clause cases delivered this last term were correctly decided.
  • I found my page and there was a photo of myself and underneath it my talents were pithily described.


Pronunciation: /ˈpiTHēnəs/
Example sentences
  • The description of academia is a little harsh, but I have to admire the pithiness of his assessment of its effectiveness.
  • On the other hand, he responds to Zen stories and Haikus for their sheer pithiness.
  • Don't think much of her, really, though she has a wit and pithiness that makes it tolerable.

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Syllabification: pith·y

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