Definition of “Pithy”

A fellow Toastmaster used the word “pithy” in an evaluation last meeting to describe the closing section of presenter’s speech. I was quite impressed by the choice of vocabulary. In fact, I loved that he used it. Even though I did not fully understand what it meant. Therefore:

Courtesy of

  /ˈpɪθi/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [pith-ee] Show IPA

–adjective, pith⋅i⋅er, pith⋅i⋅est.
1. brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning; terse; forcible: a pithy observation.
2. of, like, or abounding in pith.

By the way….
Don’t you just love it when the dictionarians use the root word as part of a definition? Imagine that. Pithy means abounding in pith.


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